Rare silver vimshatika, Kashi Janapada under Kasala (c.525-475 BC), India (R-798 var.)

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Four punchmarks (see below) / Various bankers' marks. 27mm21mm, 4.66 grams. Rajgor Series 58, #798 var (different third and fourth symbols).

Different third/fourth symbol (with a bar in it instead of a dot). Unlisted in Rajgor in this variety. Rare large early punchmarked Indian coin.

In ca.525 BC Kashi, the long-time enemy of Kasala, was conquered by it, and was administered as a Kasala province until the conquest of Kasala by Magadha in ca.475 BC. During the earlier part of this period, Kashi issued vimshatikas, and later switched to a karshapana standard, closely adhering to the general layout of the Kasala coins. This coin, as well as a few other we are offering, are from an old US collection of Kashi and Kasala vimshatikas and karshapanas sold by Steve Album. These very large early punchmarks are all rare.



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