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Extremely rare 1/4 shatamana with a five-armed symbol with five bars and an additional punchmark, Kamboja Janapada, India, struck ca.500-400 BC

Extremely rare 1/4 shatamana with a five-armed symbol with five bars and an additional punchmark, Kamboja Janapada, India, struck ca.500-400 BC

Struck with a five-armed Kambojan symbol with 5 bars, and an additional small punchmark of a "banner", possibly overstruck on a Persian or Greek silver coin. 14mmx15mm, 2.75 grams. Cf.Todywalla Auction 104-7; 85-28.

The coins of Kamboja Janapada were derived from the coins of Gandhara Jnapada, as they used a similar punchmarked symbol (with a different number of arms, though). They are found only in Swat Valley in Pakistan (which was under the control of Kambojas and not of Gandhara) and are known from one or two small hoards. Two types are known - one punched with a 5-armed or 6-armed punch, and one struck with a blank punch and sometimes with a few tiny symbols. The coins are extremely rare. They might be the earliest of all punchmarked Indian coins. The ancient Kambojas were probably of Indo-Iranian origin.They are, however, sometimes described as Indo-Aryans and sometimes as having both Indian and Iranian affinities. The Kambojas are also described as a royal clan of the Sakas (Scythians). The Kambojas established a large Mahajanapada in the modern Pakistan. The capital of Kamboja was probably Rajapura (modern Rajauri).

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