Copper-coin-from-Taxila

Copper coin from Taxila

18 May 2018  Fri

Taxila is situated in today’s Pakisthan. It was a one of very important place for trading as well as the learning centre of Ancient India. In Pali, Taxila is known as ‘Takkasila’ and in Sanskrit as ‘Taksashila’ meaning ‘city of cut stones’. This region has been ruled by Mauryans, Indo Greek, Kushans, Guptas, and etc. It is one of the oldest cities of India and It had a massive university where all the renowned teachers conducted lectures on the arts and sciences. Taxila was one of the earliest issuers of coins in India. It was one of the oldest cities of India and a wealthy commercial centre. Taxila was one of the earliest issuers of coins in India and it had issued both inscribed and uninscribed.

This copper Karshapana which weighs around 5.3g, was issued from Taxila during the post-Mauryan period. On the obverse side the coin depicts the images of ‘Tree arched hill with a crescent above, a Plant like a symbol above at side and swastika below. On the reverse side of the coin depicts the images of ‘Srivatsa symbol, Taurine and Three arched hill’.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction