NEPAL LICCHAVI Dynasty copper unit circa 641-80 AD


NEPAL, LICCHAVI Dynasty, circa 576-750 AD, unit, no date (circa 641-80 AD , Obverse: bull standing R, Reverse: sun, PaSuPaTi around, copper, 18mm, 4.33g, RGV97, VF

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The Licchavis were the first rulers to make coins in Nepal. They modelled their coins on the coins of the height of the Kushan Empire of several hundred years previous.

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.