Copper Karshapana of Taxila

25 Nov 2020  Wed

Taxila was one of the most popular cities of the ancient period. Taxila is also known as Takhkhasila. The meaning of the word Taxila is ‘City of Stone’ or Taksa Rock. City Taxila situated in the Indian subcontinent and central Asia. The origin of Taxila as a city goes back to c. 1000 BCE. During the ancient period, Taxila was an urban metropolis and a meeting point of various cultures, namely the Achaemenids, Greeks, Mauryans, Scythians, Parthians, Kushans, Huns, and eventually the Muslims.

This copper Karshapana that weighs around 4.6g was issued from Taxila during anent period. The obverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘ Sixteen Spokes wheel with three arch hill above’. The reverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘Swastika between two taurines like symbols with legend Pancha Nekame (five guilds) in Kharoshti below’.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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