IKSHVAKU Anonymous 227-306 AD lead coin with elephant


IKSHVAKU, Anonymous, 227-306 AD, unit, no date, Obverse: elephant R, Reverse: Ujjain symbol, lead, 13-16mm, 1.8-2.2g, MA5077, crude, F

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Ikshvaku was one of the kingdoms of legendary times. Down in Andhra Pradesh, in eastern central India, a local dynasty of the same name existed during the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. A number of Ikshvaku Kings left stories of what they did carved in stone. They arose after the fall of their predecessors, the Satahavanas, and were conquered by the Pallavas and the Abhiras.

The earliest ancient Indian coins were the “bent bar” punchmarked silvers of the Achaemenid Persians occupying Gandhara in northwest Pakistan. By the 3rd century BC coins were in general use in most of India and Ceylon, and in subsequent centuries struck round coins in gold, silver, and copper came into use throughout the subcontinent and beyond to Southeast Asia and Pacific islands to Java and beyond.