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The Mahasthan Hoard II of Silver Punch-Marked Coins

Bulbul Ahmed (Author) Md Noorul Islam (Author)

Mahasthan Hoard II (275 coins) is the grand collection of punch marked coins in Bangladesh. The main focus of this research is to catalogue and classify the coins of this hoard. A descriptive and illustrated catalogue of this hoard is prepared and attached in annexure III. It may serve the future researchers as a useful resources.

In respect of symbol, symbol orientation and weight standard, it seemed that all the coins of Mahasthan Hoard II are imperial issues. Among the issues thirty two coins are of the Pre-Mauryan dynasties i.e. two coins of the Brihadratha, one coin of the Sisunaga and twenty-nine coins of the Nanda dynasty. Except these thirty two coins, no other archaeological or literary evidence of the above mentioned three dynasties are found in Bangladesh. The hoard represents sixty five types of imperial punch marked coins. These types of coins are well distributed in the entire Indian sub-continent. These factors suggest that the Mahasthan region of Bangladesh seemed to be a part of all Indian currency system during the circulation period of punch marked coins i.e. in the Early Historic period.

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Title The Mahasthan Hoard II of Silver Punch-Marked Coins
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.12.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789845120005
length xii+188p., Tables; Maps; Figures; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.