Ancient silver punchmarked drachm, Mauryan Empire, ca.3rd century BC, India

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Nice silver drachm (karshapana), from the later Mauryan period, ca.3rd century BC. 13mm, 3.18 grams.  SKU #DD156-H623.

The Maurya Empire, also known as the Mauryan Empire, was powerful Empire in ancient India, ruled by the Maurya dynasty from 322185 BC. The Mauryan Empire was the successor state of the Magadha Empire in the Indo-Gangetic Plain in the east of the Indian subcontinent, with the capital at Pataliputra (modern Patna). The Empire was founded in ca.321 BC by Chandragupta Maurya, who had overthrown the Nandas of Magadha and rapidly expanded his power westwards across central and western India, taking advantage of the disruptions of local powers in the wake of invasions of the Alexander the Great. By 316 BC the empire had fully occupied Northwestern India, defeating and conquering the satraps left by Alexander.

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