Lot 5

Ancient, Archaic Series PMC, Kashi Mahajanapada, Silver Vimshatika, Scyphate Series


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  • 18000 - 20000
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Catalog Reference #
Mitch ATEC # 2261
Metal Composition
Silver
Lot Grade/Condition
very fine
Diameter
24.85 x 31.21 mm
Weight
4.85 gms
Denomination
Vimshatika
Calendar/Year
440-430 BC
Ancient, Archaic Series, Punch Marked Coinage, attributed to Kashi Mahajanapada (c. 440-430 BC), Silver Vimshatika, 4.85 gms, 24.85 x 31.21 mm, Scyphate Series, ABCC configuration, Obv: A pair of two different geometric symbol also twice geometric symbol on both corner and various banker mark, Rev: Traces of banker marks,Modern Varanasi district, alongwith parts of Jaunpur, Ghazipur and Mirzapur formed the part of ancient ‘Kashi’ janapada, which was amongst the earliest janapadas from 7th to 6th century BC and was ruled by Brahmadutta family.  Kashi’s punchmarked coinage is considered to be among the earliest coinage on Indian soil.  Present coin pertains to its middle phase and has been earlier reported from Bhabhua hoard.  Chief characteristics of this coinage is that ‘Kashi’ symbol is not fully evolved yet and the space seems to have been filled with simple but unplanned wavy lines with only a basic scheme of things represented.  This is a four symbol coin (ABCC) pattern i.e. 3 different types of dies have been used, of which ‘C’ (small one) is struck twice.  The series, to which, present coin belongs is on progressively reducing weight standard (nearing 5 gm. i.e. 22 mashakas, from earlier 28 mashakas for earliest types). Mitch ATEC # 2261, very fine, very rare.