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Punch-Marked Coin, Maghada Janapada, Silver Karshapana, Obv: sun, elephant, bull, six armed symbol, 600-400 BC

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Punch-Marked Coin, Maghada Janapada, Silver Karshapana, Obv: sun, elephant, bull, six armed symbol, taurine within square & other symbols, Rev: several punch marks, 3.40g, 19.22mm, about very fine.

A Mahājanapada (Sanskrit  महाजनपद) (literally "great realm", from maha, "great", and janapada "foothold of a tribe", "country") is one of the sixteen kingdoms or oligarchic republics that existed in ancient India from the sixth centuries BC to fourth centuries BC. Ancient Buddhist texts like the Anguttara Nikaya  make frequent reference to sixteen great kingdoms and republics which had evolved and flourished in a belt stretching from Gandhara in the northwest to Anga in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent and included parts of the trans-Vindhyan region, prior to the rise of Buddhism in India. The 6th century BC is often regarded as a major turning point in early Indian history. Archaeologically, this period corresponds in part to the Northern Black Polished Ware culture.