Sunday, January 27, 2008

PUNCHMARK COINS


As the name suggests, these coins bear the symbols of various types, punched on pieces of silver of specific weight. Punch-marked coins are marked with 1-5 (and sometimes more) marks representing various symbols.They are broadly classified into two periods : the first period (attributed to the Janapadas or small local states) and the second period (attributed to the Imperial Mauryan period). The motifs found on these coins were mostly drawn from nature like the sun, various animal motifs, trees, hills etc. and some were geometrical symbols.
Ancient Indian coinage was based on `Karshapana' unit that consists of 32 rattis (3.3 grams of silver) and a 'Ratti' is equivalent to 0.11 gms.

Cup Shaped PMC

Silver Bentbar

Multiple Punchmarks




5 comments:

Ankit said...

Hi,

Nice post there.

I have a hobby in collecting coins/notes too. Could you tell me where could I find such coins?
Would be great!

ID is - ankittc [at] gmail.com

Thanks in advance!

Hardik Parekh said...

you can call us we have a shop in mejestic bangalore .. 080 22873468

waldemar Sailer said...

See: The World of Buddha Footprints

Pali literature of S. E. Asia states that there is NO triratna symbol but a nandyvarta. It is a flower.

Dr. Sailer

waldemar Sailer said...

I would appreciate you reaction.

W. Sailer

Marudhar Arts said...

Nice Coins I liked This One