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Very rare! Struck AE 1/4 Karshapana, Sunga Kingdom (187-75 BC), Ancient India - Elephant RIGHT

Very rare! Struck AE 1/4 Karshapana, Sunga Kingdom (187-75 BC), Ancient India - Elephant RIGHT

Elephant and rider RIGHT / Three-arched hill (chaitya) with crescent. Ancient cast coin, quite nice for these! 16mm, 1.86 grams. Mitchiner -.

These struck coins (NOT cast, like the common types) show an elephant walking right. These are very rare.

This type with elephant facing right (instead of the usual left) is known only from a single example, published in Bopearachchi (#15) as a unique coin.Unlisted in Mitchener and all other major references. The last ruler of the Mauryan dynasty was Brithadratha. He was killed by his own commander-in-chief Pushyamitra Sunga in 185 BC. With the fall of Mauryas, India lost its political unity. Pushyamitra Sunga became the ruler of the Magadha and neighbouring territories. The north-western regions comprising Rajputana, Malwa and Punjab passed into the hands of the foreign rulers. The kingdom of Pushyamitra was extended upto Narmada in the south, and controlled Jalandhar and Sialkot in the Punjab in the north-western regions. Pushyamitra died after ruling for 36 years (187-151 BC). He was succeeded by son Agnimitra. This prince is the hero of a famous drama by India's greatest playwright, Kalidasa. Agnimitra used to hold his court in the city of Vidisa, modern Besnagar in Eastern Malwa. The power of the Sungas gradually weakened. It is said that there were ten Sunga kings.

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