Scarce silver karshapana of Dasaratha (c.224-216 BC), Pataliputra, Mauryan Empire, India G/H 572

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Five punched symbols (see below) / Small punch marks. 14mm, 3.44 grams. Gupta/Hardaker VI IV E 144 (#572); MACW 4188-4192. SKU x120-34754

Samprati (reigned 224 – 215 BCE) was an emperor of the Maurya dynasty. He was the son of Ashoka's blind son, Kunala, and succeeded his cousin, Dasharatha, as emperor of the Maurya Empire. He was the only great Mauryan emperor after Ashoka, and was a great patron of Jainism.

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.