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Unpublished silver punchmarked 1 1/2 mashaka from Panchala Janapada (ca.450-350 BC) - new punchmarked symbol!

Unpublished silver punchmarked 1 1/2 mashaka from Panchala Janapada (ca.450-350 BC) - new punchmarked symbol!
A single punchmark / blank. 8mmx7mm, 0.36 grams. Rajgor -; Mitchiner ACW -.

Thesecoins are generally known as "mashaka", but a true mashaka had a weightof 2 ratti (about 0.23 grams) and was valued at 1/16th of a karshapana.The small silver "mashakas" like this one generally weigh between 0.3and 0.4 grams (with the average weight of the specimens I examined of0.36 grams or so, so they were possibly intended to be 1.5 mashakas.Admittedly, such a weight standard of 3/16 of a karshapana does notsound very sensible, but the coins are too light to have been the muchmore sensible 2 mashakas (1/8th of a karshapana).
Thedating of the coins from Panchala Janapada is problematic, sincePanchala was conquered a number of times by various neighbouringjanapadas between ca.600 and 350 BC. These small mashakas seem to havecirculated at the same time (or perhaps a bit bearlier) as the coins ofSurasena (dated to ca.400-350 BC), since some mashakas from Panchalawere overstruck with the regular "animal and fish" Surasenadesign. Panchala mashakas are not well-studied, and only 7 or 8 varioustypes were publiched (all from a single hoard). This coin, and a fewother coins we are listing, show a new obverse punch, unpublishedpreviousely.

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