Kashi Janapada 5-Shana

25 Dec 2018  Tue

This Silver 5-Shana which belongs to the Bhabua hoard type was sold for INR 31,000 in an auction of Classical Numismatic Gallery auction which was held on 14th December 2018. Bhabua is a city of Kaimur district located in the Indian state of Bihar.

Kashi was one of the Mahajanapada during ancient India. Today it is a part of modern Banaras district which includes the part of Jaunpur, Ghazipur and Mirzapur district. Kashi was the name of the country with Banaras as its capital.

According to the Jataka and the Matsya Purana, Kashi Janapada was ruled by Brahmadatta family during 7th and 6th BCE.

This very silver 5-Shana weighs around 5.8g. There are four punches found on the obverse side of this coin. Two of them can be described as ‘Whorl’ or ‘Jaali Pattern’ and other two can be described as ‘Sun Symbol’.

Image Courtesy: Classical Numismatic Gallery

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