Nice silver 1/16th shatamana (1/2 shana), Gandhara Janapada, c.500-400 BC, India

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A single punchmark (6-armed Gandharan symbol with a dot between two of the arms) / blank. 12mm, 0.68 grams. Rare. Rajgor 579var. SKU Q313-46523

Gandhara was a region and a country in the ancient northern India (modern Pakistan). Gandhara Janapada was one of the 16 Janapadas mentioned in the Buddhist chronicles. It was a subject of the Achaemenid Empire during the reign of Darius in the late 6th century BC, and was the birthplace of the first indian coins.