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Rare Mathura mint silver karshapana of Bindusara (ca.297-272 BC), Mauryan Empire

Rare Mathura mint silver karshapana of Bindusara (ca.297-272 BC), Mauryan Empire
Five punch-mark symbols (see below) / Three small punch-marks. Scarce. Mathura mint. 15mm, 3.3 grams. Gupta/Hardaker V XV B 107 (#518).

Bindusarawas the second Mauryan emperor (297 - c.272 BC) after ChandraguptaMaurya. The Greeks called him Amitrochates - the Greek word for theSanskrit "Amitraghata" (Slayer of Enemies).
Bindusarainherited a large empire that consisted of North, Central and EastIndia as also the parts of Afghanistan and Baluchistan. Bindusaraextended this empire to the southern part of India, as far as what isnow known as Karnataka. He brought sixteen states under the MauryanEmpire and thus conquered almost all of the Indian peninsula (he issaid to have conquered the "land between the two seas" - the peninsularregion between the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea). Bindusara didn'tconquer the friendly Dravidian kingdoms of the Cholas, Pandyas, andCheras. Apart from these southern states, Kalinga (the modern Orissa)was the only kingdom in India that didn't form the part of Bindusara'sempire. It was later conquered by his son Ashoka, who served as theviceroy of Ujjaini (Ujjain) during his father's reign.
Bindusara'slife hasn't been documented as well as his father Chandragupta or hisson Ashoka. The philosopher Chanakya served as prime minister duringhis reign. During his rule, the citizens of Taxila revolted twice. Thereason for the first revolt was the maladministration of Suseema, hiseldest son. The reason for the second revolt is unknown, but it couldnot be suppressed by Bindusara due to his untimely death, but was latercrushed by Ashoka.
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