Silver punch drachm, period of Mahapadma Nanda and his sons (ca.345-323 BC), Magadha Janapada, Ancient India

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Five punch-mark symbols / Blank, some bankers' marks. Irregular flat silver plachet, 20x10mm, 3.35 grams. Scarce. Gupta/Hardaker ISPC series IVd, XXXI G 9 (#422).These silver coins with various punchmarks are among the earliest silver Indian coins.Magadha was an ancient kingdom in India, mentioned in both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. It was also one of the four main kingdoms of India at the time of Buddha, having risen to power during the reigns of Bimbisara (c. 544-491 BCE)and his son Ajatashatru (c. 491-460 BCE). The core of the kingdom was that portion of Bihar lying south of the Ganges, with its capital atRajagriha (modern Rajgir). Magadha expanded to include most of Biharand parts of Bengal with the conquest of Anga, and then expanded up theGanges valley annexing Kosala and Kashi.


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