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- P-Auction # 35
|Start Price 20000||Estimated Price 20000-25000|
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Punch Marked Coin, Magadha Janapada (600-350 BC), Silver Vimshatika, Archaic period, Series 0, Obv: three punch marks consisting of a large six-armed symbol in the center flanked by a bull and a geometric symbol by its sides, Rev: uniface, 5.36g, 23.5x20.6mm, (Unlisted type), about extremely fine with toning, Extremely Rare.
Note: An interesting type with only 3 symbols instead of usual 5 symbols. A similar coin was sold in our Printed Auction No 34 for Rs. 35,000.
A brief political history of the Magadha Janapada beginning from Bimbisara to Ashoka is mentioned in the "Mahavamsha", an ancient Buddhist chronicle. Its expansion began with the reign of Bimbisara and grew into one of the most prosperous mahajanapadas. Its capital Pataliputra is the present-day city of Patna in Bihar. The location of this mahajanapada was bounded by important rivers such as the Ganga, Son, Champa & Vindhyan which facilitated the creation of great wealth by trade and other means. Coins from this series are the most popular among collectors. Its existence of approximately 200-250 years reflects well through its coinage.
This lot is a part of an advanced collection of different unlisted, unpublished & important coins from Magadha Janapada offered in this sale.