Rare silver 1/16th shatamana (1/2 shana) from Gandhara Janapada, ca.500-400 BC, India

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Punchmark (6-armed Gandharan symbol with a dot between two of the arms) / blank. 11mm, 0.62 grams. Rare. Rajgor 579var.

1/16th shatamana (1/2 shana) is much scarcer than the 1/8th shatamana pieces.

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.