Punch Mark Coin, Bent Bar, Silver, Shatamana

c. 600-300 B.C.E

This is a silver bent-bar and punch-marked coin from the janapada (Vedic era) of Gandhara, one of the biggest kingdoms in ancient India. The term shata-mana translates to a 100 ‘manas’, a unit of measurement, and these were in circulation in the 6th century BCE. The characteristic feature of all Gandharan shatamanas was the six-armed round symbol stamped on either ends of the bar.

Title
Punch Mark Coin, Bent Bar, Silver, Shatamana
Period
c. 600-300 B.C.E
Obverse
Six Armed Symbol at each end
Reverse
Plain
Dimensions
4.0cm - 4.5 cm
Weight
11.4 gm
Accession No.
2016.T.39