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Lot # 14 - Extremely Rare Copper Coin of Agroha Janapada of Punjab Haryana Region.
Extremely Rare Copper Coin of Agroha Janapada of Punjab Haryana Region.
Extremely Rare Copper Coin of Agroha Janapada of Punjab Haryana Region. Extremely Rare Copper Coin of Agroha Janapada of Punjab Haryana Region.
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Tribal, Agrodaka (Agacha)/Agroha Janapada, Punjab-Haryana Region (150-100 BC), Post – Mauryan period, Copper Unit, Type II, Plate Coin, Obv: tree in railing with four compartments in the center, Brahmi legend around “(Agacha)mitrapadabhi(shthayinam)”, Rev: Lion standing facing right with upraised tail6.54g, 16.16mm, (Handa # Pl. IV-9), about very fine, Extremely Rare.

Note: One of the finest known coin which is also published as the plate coin in the Tribal Coins of Ancient India book by D. Handa. # Pl. IV-9. 

The Kingdom of Agreya, as mentioned in a couplet from Mahabharata, also known as Agrodaka, mentioned in the Buddhist text Mahamayuri, was established by King Agrasen around 5000 years ago near the present day town of Agroha, which lies around 23 kms from Hisar. It is said in literary sources that Maharaja Agrasen established Agroha around 3rd century BC as a republic, a ‘Janapadasa’, adopting the principles of social welfare, brotherhood and non-violence. James Prinsep, in 1858, is credited to be the first to publish a coin of the Agreya tribe and Allan, the first to make out the Brahmi script ‘Agodaka Janapadasa’, attributed to the Republic of Agrodaka or Agreya.