Kaushambi; is also known as Kosambi (Pali) was an important city during the ancient period in India. Today, it is one of the districts situated in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh. During the ancient period, Kaushambi was the capital of Vatsa Mahajanapada, one of 16 Mahajanapadas of India. The Vatsa Janapada was one of the prominent Janapada in ancient India into which the Indo-Aryan peoples were divided.
City Kaushambi continued to remain as one of the important cities of India from the Vedic period until the end of the Mauryan Empire, with occupation continuing until the Gupta Empire.
This copper coin that weighs around 4.4g was issued by Kaushambi state during the ancient period in India. The obverse of this coin depicts as ‘An Elephant standing left on a platform, flanked by Indradhavaja and Ujjaini symbol with Brahmi legend Kosambi above’. The reverse of this coin depicts as ‘ornate tree-in-railing in the centre, 4orbed Ujjain symbol above and fish tank to right’.
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