Gandhara Janapada (c.600-100 BC)

The coins of Gandhara are probably the earliest of all Indian coins. The "bent bar" was probably originally based on the weight of two Persian silver siglos. The rich Gandharan silver coinage in many different denomination bore the "6-armed" symbol of Gandhara. As these are the earliest of Indian coins, they always attract a lot of attention from collectors and numismatists. 

Gandhara was one of sixteen mahajanapadas of ancient India. The primary cities of Gandhara were Puruṣapura (Peshawar), Takṣaśilā (Taxila), and Pushkalavati (Charsadda). The latter remained the capital of Gandhara down to the 2nd century AD, when the capital was moved to Peshawar.