Silver drachm of Emperor Samprati (ca. 216-207 BC), Mauryan Empire, India (G/H#574)

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Five punched symbols / Banker's mark. 15mmx14mm, 3.46 grams. Pataliputra mint. Mitchiner ACW 4195-4196; Gupta/Hardaker ISPC VI IV F 145 (#574). SKU X131-45728

Samrat Samprati was an emperor of Maurya dynasty. He was the son of Ashoka's blind son, Kunala. He succeeded his cousin, Dasharatha as Emperor of the Maurya Empire and ruled almost the entire present-day Indian subcontinent.

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.