The Sangam Age started from 3rd Century BC to 4th Century BC. The Sangam Age was named after famous Sangam academies of poets and scholars centred in the city of Madurai. The Tamil historic poems, is popularly called the Sangam literature, constitute the-major evidence for the old Tamil literary tradition.
The Cheras were the ancient royal dynasties of Tamil origin. The Chera kings have been particularly described in the Sangam Literature. They were one of the three famous ruling kingdoms on the Sangam age. Cholas and Pandyas were the other two ruling dynasties.
This copper coin that weighs around 2.2g was issued by the Cheras kingdom from the Sangam Age. The obverse of this coin depicts ‘Standing Bull facing towards right’. The reverse of this coin depicts ‘Bow and Arrow’ with Chera symbol, with swastikas on either side.
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