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Two-sided type punchmarked silver 1/2 karshapana from Kuru Janapana (ca.500-350 BC) (probably under occupation by Magadha), Ancient India

Two-sided type punchmarked silver 1/2 karshapana from Kuru Janapana (ca.500-350 BC) (probably under occupation by Magadha), Ancient India

A single punchmark - Triskeli symbol with smaller symbols around / 6-armed symbol with various minor marks. 16mm, 1.34 grams. Rajgor Series 21 (Haryana), #428.

The double-sided type (like this coin) might have been struck soon after the occupation of Kuru by Magadha around 350 BC, as the 6-armed symbol on the reverse is very similar to the standard symbol used by the ruler of Magadha on almost all their coinage.

The Kuru janapada was located around the modern city of Delhi, with its capital at Indraprastha. It was said to include a considerable area around, and to be ruled by the family of Yudhishthira, the head of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata. Mahapadma Nanda incorporated the Kuru domain into the Magadhan empire around 350 BCE.

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