PUSHKALAVATI, c.185-160 BC, round bronze karshapana,


PUSHKALAVATI, c.185-160 BC, karshapana,Obverse: elephant R, Reverse: lion L, oval, bronze, 17x15mm, 6.74g, MA4401v3, I thought this might be a one off weirdo, but then I was shown another round one from Afghanistan, VF

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PUSHKALAVATI, c.185-160 BC, round bronze karshapana,

Most of the Pushkalavati civic coins were rectangular, round ones are rare.

Pushkalavati, near modern Peshawar in Pakistan near the Afghan border, a stop on the Silk Road, had been a western outpost of the Mauryan Empire. In the late 3rd century BC it found itself on its own. Among other local initiatives, it created a copper currency.

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.