Rare type AR drachm of Ashoka (c.272-232 BC), Mauryan Empire, India GH514

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Five punch-mark symbols (see below) / Small Ashoka's symbol. Irregular flat silver planchet, 16mmx13mm, 3.34 g. Mathura mint. Gupta/Hardaker ISPC 514; MACW 4235var-

Rated "Rare" in Gupta/Hardaker. Well-struck and clear symbols. The details on the 5th symbol are very rarely clear, but are nearly complete on this coin.

The Mauryan Empire was an geographically extensive ancient Indian Iron Age historical power in South Asia based in Magadha, having been founded by Chandragupta Maurya in 322 BCE, and existing in loose-knit fashion until 185 BCE. The Empire was immense, covering much of India and some of the neighboring states. It declined for about 50 years after Ashoka's rule, and dissolved in 185 BCE with the assassination of Brihadratha by Pushyamitra Shunga and foundation of the Shunga Empire in Magadha.


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