The Virtual Museum of Indian Coins                       

Featured Coin
Surasena janapada, Silver 1/2 karshapana, c. 4th Century BCE
Weight: 1.76 gm. Dimensions: 11 x 8 mm Die axis: n.a.
Stylized fish over stylized lion right, ancillary symbols at right /
Reference: Rajgor --- (unlisted), van't Haaff --- (unlisted), Tandon new type B
The Surasena janapada was located in western Uttar Pradesh, with its capital at Mathura. The usual coins from Surasena feature what appear to be a "fish" over a "lion," with added taurines, crescents and dots. Mitchiner assigned these coins to the Avanti janapada, but Rajgor and van't Haaff assign them to Surasena.

This coin is a new type not seen in any of the previous catalogues. Eye copy of the design is at left. What is most interesting about this coin is that it features an elephant as an auxiliary symbol; there were no animals in the auxiliary symbols catalogued by van't Haaff. Click on the thumbnail at left to see an enlargement of the elephant.

More Surasena coins, including another unique type featuring a bull as an auxiliary symbol, can be seen on the Surasena page.

Previously featured coins can be seen in the Archive of Featured Coins.

A Note on Image Sizes: On the web, it is impossible to present coin images in their actual sizes, the way they can be in print. Throughout the CoinIndia website, however, an attempt has been made to present the coins in sizes proportional to one another. Thus a coin that has twice the diameter as another coin will be shown as double in size (with the exception of the image on this page, which is always shown at this fixed size, no matter what the size of the original coin was). Wherever possible, the actual diameter (for round coins) or dimensions (for rectangular or oddly-shaped coins) is provided. Of course, enlargements of each coin are available by clicking on the images.
© CoinIndia - All Rights Reserved - Copyright Policy