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Unpublished type with a new 5-armed symbol and with only 4 punches! Silver drachm of Ashoka the Great (272-232 BC), Pataliputra mint (G/H 555 var), Mauryan Empire, Ancient India

Unpublished type with a new 5-armed symbol and with only 4 punches! Silver drachm of Ashoka the Great (272-232 BC), Pataliputra mint (G/H 555 var), Mauryan Empire, Ancient India

Four punch-mark symbols (see below) / Small banker's mark. Round flat silver planchet, 14mm, 3.45 grams. Pataliputra mint. Gupta/Hardaker ISPC VI IV C - (related to #555-557).

Very strange piece, with an unpublished 6-armed symbol (the symbol on the coin has only 5 arms), and 3 other symbols. Seems to be unpublished. A very strange coin.

Ashoka (304 BC 232 BC), popularly known as Ashoka the Great, was an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from ca.272 BC to 232 BC. One of India's greatest emperors, Ashoka reigned over most of present-day India after a number of military conquests. His empire stretched from present-day Pakistan, Afghanistan in the west, to the present-day Bangladesh and the Indian state of Assam in the east, and as far south as northern Kerala and Andhra. He conquered the kingdom named Kalinga, which no one in his dynasty had conquered starting from Chandragupta Maurya. His reign was headquartered in Magadha (present-day Bihar, India). He embraced Buddhism from the prevalent Vedic tradition after witnessing the mass deaths of the war of Kalinga, which he himself had waged out of a desire for conquest. He was later dedicated to the propagation of Buddhism across Asia and established monuments marking several significant sites in the life of Gautama Buddha.

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