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Copper coin of the Pandyas of the Sangam Age, 1st century BCE

The Sangam Age

After the collapse of the Mauryan Empire around the end of the 2nd century BCE, a number of small kingdoms were established all over North India. In southern India, however, three major dynasties, the Cheras, the Cholas and the Pandyas, (who were never under Ashoka’s rule) continued as powerful rulers.

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Gold Dinar of Huvishka of the Kushan Empire, 152-192 CE

7 Incredible Facts About Indian Coins

Indian coins have a rich history. For its artistic merit, its variety spanning across diverse regions, for its beautiful symbolism and for the legacy it has left on subsequent coinages across various parts of the world, Indian currency ranks as one of the great coinages of the world! Here are 7 incredible facts about Indian coins that are sure to make us proud of our coin heritage.

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Silver drachm of Menander of the Indo-Greek kingdom, 155 – 130 BCE

The Greeks of India

Alexander the Great was an ancient Macedonian ruler and one of history’s greatest military minds who at a young age managed to establish the largest empire the ancient world had ever seen. By 326 BCE, Alexander had successfully conquered territories as far as the north-western frontier of India.

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Silver Punch-marked 25 Masha coin of the Magadha Janapada, 5th - 6th century BCE

The Unique Punch-Marked Coins of India

Coins were first minted in India sometime around 600 BCE. While Indian coinage itself may have been inspired by trade with Persia, the mode of manufacturing of the coins was indigenous. Small ingots of silver with three circular dots represent the earliest forms of coinage. These were followed by heavy bent bars of silver with a punch on either side.

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Silver Karshapana of the Mauryan Empire, 322 – 187 BCE

Ashoka : the Greatest King the world has known

In the 4th century BCE, a paradigm shift in political ideology and ambitions inspired a number of remarkable men across the world to don the role of influential political and military leaders.One such leader was Chandragupta Maurya, who inspired by the prospect of building a large Indian empire and guided by his mentor Chanakya, overthrew the king of Magadha.

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