Silver punch drachm of Salisuka (ca.215-202 BC), Mauryan Empire, India - EXTREMELY rare unofficial issue

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Five punch-mark symbols / A single punch-mark. Irregular flat silver planchet, 14x14mm, 2.96 grams. Gupta/Hardaker ISPC VI IV A 18 (#543).

Extremely rare unofficial issue - issued by a counterfeiter twenty two hundred years ago! Such coins are extremely rare!

The Mauryan Empire was India's first great unified empire. It lasted from 321 to 185 BCE, and was ruled by the Mauryan dynasty. At its height it ruled virtually all of northern and central India and parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The reign of Asoka was followed for 50 years by a succession of weaker kings. Brhadrata, the last ruler of the Mauryan dynasty, ruled territories that had shrunk considerably from the time of emperor Ashoka, but he was still upholding the Buddhist faith. He was assassinated in 185 BCE during a military parade by the commander-in-chief of his guard, the Brahmin general Pusyamitra Sunga, who then took over the throne and established the Sunga dynasty.