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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 34, August 20, 2006, Article 25

FEATURED WEB SITE: INDIA'S FIRST COINAGE

This week's featured web site is on India's First Coinage.  "The
earliest coins of India are commonly known as punch-marked coins.
As the name suggests, these coins bear the symbols of various types,
punched on pieces of silver of specific weight. Interestingly earliest
Indian coins have no defined shapes and they were mostly uniface.

Secondly, these coins lack any inscriptions written in contemporary
languages and almost always struck in silver. These unique characters
make early Indian coins very different than their contemporaries in
Greece. Many early historians believed that concept of coinage was
introduced in India by Greeks.

med.unc.edu/~nupam/ancient1.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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