In around 150 BCE, the Panchala kingdom was ruled by the Mitra kings. The Mitra kings are known to issue coins and most of the coins have the ruler’s name in Brahmi. Scholars opine that these coins are recognized as some of the earliest indigenous coins to carry legends. The image of a deity is seen on the coins of Panchala which is closely associated with the name of the ruler.
The featured coin in the image belongs to Jayamitra (c.100 BCE). The Copper unit has a deity standing on a rectangular pedestal and the reverse has a bold square punch of Panchala symbols/emblems and Brahmi legend ‘Jayamitasa’ below. This copper unit was sold in the Todywalla Auctions for INR 1,900.
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Picture Courtesy: Todywalla Auctions