Numismatics & Epigraphy

Punch-Marked Coins

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Punch-Marked Coins
Circa 6th Century B.C.

Place of origin: Gandhara Janapada (Northwestern part of ancient India)
Materials: Silver
Dimensions: L: 0.8 W: 3.9 cm.
Acc. No. 59.152/1721

This silver piece, not with the look of a coin as it emerges in a contemporary mind, is a properly minted coin from early Janapadas period, that is, 7th-6th century BC, or even before, to the rise of Mauryan Empire. It is the earliest reported form of currency in India. It is known in numismatic tradition as 'Punch-marked coin' for having punched at its both ends a six pronged mark.

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