Origin: These coins were produced by the Gandhara Kingdom, an ancient state in northeast India that played a major role as a center for early Buddhist teachings. They are local civic coinage issued by the city of Pushkalavati, featuring a brilliantly struck tiger on the obverse and elephant on the reverse.
The region was also known for having a strong Greek influence due to its conquest by Alexander the Great around 325 BC. Though the coin's weight and square shape are typical of ancient Indian coinage, the design carries a distinct Greco-Indian style. Pushkalavati struck these coins around 185 to 165 BC, in order to assert its independence from the rapidly expanding Graeco-Bactrian kingdoms nearby.
These copper coins measure about 0.8 inches (20mm) in width, and their denomination is 1 1/2 Karshapana. They were obtained from an ANA Certified numismatist, and a Certificate of Authenticity is included with all of our items.
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This Greco-Indian Buddha is a prime example of Gandhara art (via Wikimedia)
Your order will include:
One Indian coin of the Gandhara Kingdom (185 - 165 BC)
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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