PUSHKALAVATI civic coinage circa 185-160 BC 1/4 karshapana

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PUSHKALAVATI, civic coinage, circa 185-160 BC, quarter karshapana, no date, Obverse: lion L, bull head before, swastica behind, bronze, 18mm, 2.8g, MA4412, overstruck on something, bit of green, aF

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In the later decades of the decline of the Sunga Empire several cities in the general region of the Hindu Kush developed a degree of local autonomy and issued their own coins. This was before the coming of the Greeks.

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.