Rare silver 1/8th shatamana (shana) from Gandhara Janapada, ca.500-400 BC, India

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A single punchmark (6-armed Gandharan symbol with a dot between two of the arms) / blank. 14mm, 1.32 grams. Rare. Rajgor 578. SKU Q184-49684

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.