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The Coin Galleries: Shurasena Janapada

The Shurasena janapada was located in western Uttar Pradesh, with its capital at Mathura. The usual coins from Shurasena 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 assigns them to Shurasena.

Silver 1/2 karshapana
c. 400-350 BCE

Weight:1.69 gm., 7 x 12 mm.
Fish over lion right /
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Ref:  Rajgor, 1192-94.

Silver 1/2 karshapana
c. 400-350 BCE

Weight:1.80 gm., 9 x 10 mm.
Fish over lion left /
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Ref:  unpublished.
Note that the fish and lion face left in this rare coin. This configuration is not reported by Mitchiner or Rajgor.
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