Uniface cut ingot with a round punchmark, numerous different small bankers' marks around / Blank. 23x21mm (at the longest and widest), 7.00 grams. Unlisted in Rajgor. SKU T2067-53121
Beautiful high grade, very rare as such. The coin is differently described as a double karshapana of 5 shanas or half a shatamana.
This type is unlisted for Shakya, Ayodhya or Malla (Janapadas which issued this sort of punchmarked coins). Malla, unlike Shakya and Ayodya, used similar symbols of a central dot or square surrounded by crescents (see Rajgor 1121 and other coins), so this type is usually attributed to Malla Janapada. Malla was an ancient Indian republic (Gaṇa sangha) that constituted one of the sixteen Mahajanapadas (great kingdoms) of ancient India. It was situated north of Magadha. The republic is notable for being the chosen death place of Mahavira and Gautama Buddha (once Buddha died, the other Janapadas attacked Malla to claim their parts of Buddha's remains).