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Silver drachm of Ashoka the Great (ca.272-232 BC), Ujjain mint (G/H 589), Mauryan Empire, Ancient India

Silver drachm of Ashoka the Great (ca.272-232 BC), Ujjain mint (G/H 589), Mauryan Empire, Ancient India

Three punch-mark symbols, inclusing a symbol showing three standingKartikeya (see below) / Three small bankers' marks. Irregular flat silver planchet, 15mmx13mm, 3.21 grams. Ujjain mint. Gupta/Hardaker ISPC VII II B 23 (#589); MACW 4243-4244).

Rare. TheMauryan Empire was India's first great unified empire. It lasted from 321 to 185 BCE, and was ruled by the Mauryan dynasty. At its height it ruled virtually all of northern and central India and parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The reign of Asoka was followed for 50 years by a succession of weaker kings. Brhadrata, the last ruler ofthe Mauryan dynasty, ruled territories that had shrunk considerably from the time of emperor Ashoka, but he was still upholding theBuddhist faith. He was assassinated in 185 BCE during a military parade by the commander-in-chief of his guard, the Brahmin general Pusyamitra Sunga, who then took over the throne and established the Sunga dynasty.

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