These Billon Silver coins were minted between A.D.1022 and A.D.1135, making them between 900 and1000 years old! They were created in India by those who fled the Islamic expansion and were based on Sassanian coins showing the side facing bust of the monarch on the obverse and a fire altar on the reverse. As time went by, they started to get less and less realistic as the reason for the designs were lost. This means that the coins we have from around 300 years later are very abstract! The stories of Sinbad the Sailor are based on the sea voyages that Arabic peoples made down across the Indian Ocean to Ceylon and these are the coins that the sailors would have found on their journeys. We offer you these Silver Billon coins called Gadhaiya Paisa that were the major trade coins of medieval India. The obverse shows a stylised head facing to the right with the reverse showing a fire altar made from abstract dots and lines.
The Chutus ruled a kingdom centred around the city of Banavasi in present-day Karnataka, Southern India, for over two centuries, from around AD 125-345. These coins are struck in lead, belonging to the ruler Mulananda, and struck around AD 200, showing an arched hill with a river motif below on the obverse and a tree within a railed lattice on the reverse. Rather simple but quite beautiful coins which are now over 1800 years old. Very limited supply.
The Mauryan Dynasty was a vast empire in South Asia founded by Chandragupta Maurya in 322 BC and based in the Magadha, region. The currency at the time was not made using dies but rather blank pieces of metal which were cut to a weight standard and then authenticated using a variety of punch-marks such as bull, elephant, rabbit, sun, tree, peacock, wheel, standing figures etc. The pieces we offer here are cut into various circular, oblong, square or just irregular shapes and are known as Karshapana. The punch-marks are fascinating and would have likely meant something to the people at the time who handled these ‘coins’ on a daily basis. They are some of earliest forms of currency and are now over 2200 years old. Own a fascinating piece of ancient history starting from £24.95 each.
Nahapana (meaning ‘protector of the clan’) was an important ruler of the Western Kshatrapas in north-western India who ruled Gujarat, Malwa and northern Konkan. He was descended from the Indo-Scythians and ruled during the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. Scholars disagree on the exact dates but appear to agree that his reign ended in A.D. 124 when he was finally defeated by Gautamiputra Satakarni and tragically killed along with his entire family. The obverse of the coins bear a profile of the ruler facing right with a Greek legend around. The reverse represents a thunderbolt and an arrow with Brahmi and Kharoshthi legends around. Well struck in good silver with a good portrait and almost complete legends, here we offer these coins in Very Fine. Very attractive and affordable coins which are now around 1900 years old.