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Punch Marked Coin, Magadha Janapada (600-350 BC), Silver Vimshatika, Archaic period, GH Series 0, Obv: large six-armed symbol in the center, sun, four pellets in the circle, headless man and other ancillary symbols around, Rev: uniface, 5.13g, 22.99x22.64mm, (variant of Rajgor Series 10 - 46 C type), extremely fine with some toning, Extremely Rare.
Variation of 4 pellets within circle at the place of 6 pellets in rectangle is noted on this device which is not recorded earlier.
The Magadha Janapada started expanding from the reign of Bimbisara, the son of Bhattiya and who invaded Anga. He killed the ruling king Bramhadatta and then established himself as a Viceroy of Anga. His son Ajatashatru further extended the kingdom by conquering the Janapadas of Vriji, Malla and Kosala. During the reign of Bimbisara, the coinage of the Magadha Kingdom was reformed in both weight and design. The weight standard was replaced from 3.6 grams to 5.3 grams.