Lot 7

Ancient, Archaic Series, PMC, Kashi Mahajanapada, Silver "½ Shana" Fraction, Repousse type

  • Estimated Price (INR)
  • 15000 - 20000
  • Unsold
  • Auction Completed!

Catalog Reference #
Unlisted in Rajgor & Mitch
Metal Composition
Lot Grade/Condition
very fine
15.95 x 18.73 mm
0.69 gms
½ Shana
Ancient, Archaic Series, Punch Marked Coinage, attributed to Kashi Mahajanapada, Silver ½ Shana, 0.69 gms, 15.95 x 18.73 mm, Repousse type, Obv: A pair of geometric symbol and other ancillary symbol, Bracteate.‘Kashi’ janapada was amongst the earliest janapadas of India.  Its history is known from various Jataka tales, showing that during 7th to 6th century BC, this was under the rule of Brahmadutta family).  Kashi’s punchmarked coinage is considered to be among the earliest coinage of India.  Present coin pertains to an extremely rare fraction series, having two symbols and was previously represented from scyphate series hoards.  Chief characteristics of this coinage are that ‘Kashi’ symbol is now fully evolved.  Present coin series pertains to around c. 430 BC and ended when Sisunaga (of Magadha) set his son as regent at Varanasi (c.400 BC). ‘ Unlisted in Rajgor & Mitch, very fine, Extremely rare.