MAGADHA, Nanda dynasty, c. 370-320 BC, silver, punchmarked karshapana

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MAGADHA, Nanda dynasty, c. 370-320 BC, punchmarked karshapana, silver, 19mm, 3.01g, series IVa, GH464, aVF

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The application of one or more punches to silver blanks was the earliest form of coinage in India.

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.