Lot 24

Ancient, Archaic Series, Silver Vimshatika


  • Estimated Price (INR)
  • 7000 - 8000
  • Price Realised -
  • Auction Completed!

Catalog Reference #
Rajgor Series 72, pp. 170, plate 14 -15, Mitchiner pp.810, Type – a and Hardaker pp. 109 -113
Metal Composition
Silver
Lot Grade/Condition
very fine
Diameter
12.51 x 12.52 mm
Weight
1.97 gms
Denomination
Vimshatika
Calendar/Year
450 BC to 400 BC

Ancient, Archaic Series, (450 BC to 400 BC), Silver Vimshatika, 1.97 gms, 12.51 x 12.52 mm, From North-Western parts of Central Uttar Pradesh, coins of this series are based on Vimashatika weight standard and are quite archaic in fabric, Present coin is half denomination. A most important feature of present coin is that no traces of any official symbol are seen on either sides of this coin. There are only small to medium sized bankers marks on both sides. This feature adds to its archaic nature and clearly indicates that this probably is a representative of the earliest issues of the series. Attribution of these coins has been variously from Malla Janapada to the Pauravas of Kaushambi. Both of these janapadas were much smaller but prominent ruling entities during the times of Buddha. The coin therefore, predates most of the known series of silver punch marked coins and is one of the earliest numismatic issues of the land, Rajgor Series 72, pp. 170, plate 14 -15, Mitchiner pp.810, Type – a and Hardaker pp. 109 -113, very fine, very rare.