Kashmir, Ancient India // Copper Coin c. 570-1213 AD
Kashmir, ancient India, 570-1213 CE. Beautiful bronze drachm. Nestled in the Himalayas, the land called Kashmir is said to be the most beautiful place in all the world. Today it is a land of conflict, a disputed territory administered by India, Pakistan, and China. Historically, it has been ruled by imperial Britain, by Sikhs, by Muslims, by Shaivites, and, long ago, by Hindus. This bronze drachm of Kashmir dates to the post-Hunnic Hindu period, which ended around the time of the first millennium.
On the obverse of the coin is the seated goddess Lakshmi, consort to the great Vishnu. She is the goddess of wealth, fortune, love, beauty, joy, and prosperity. The eight principal manifestations of Lakshmi symbolize the eight sources of wealth. The reverse shows a stylized king. Each with very nice detail on at least one side.
The examples offered here are exceptionally nice for the type, cherry picked from a hoard of thousands. These are absolute top of the line examples. Every coin is unique but similar in size and condition. The one you will receive might be slightly different and not necessarily the same as pictured. Some are rounder, some more oblong in shape, but all with extremely nice detail for the type.
0.6875"L x 0.6875"W x 0.125"H
— Ex-Robin Danziger, NY
— Type: Drachm
— Variety: Bronze, 570-1213 CE (Post-Hunnic Hindu Period)
— Average Weight: 5.5 g
— Average Diameter: 17mm
— Accompanied By A Hand-Signed Certificate Of Authenticity Which Includes All The Details, Culture, Dating, Motifs/Inscriptions When Applicable, Historical Relevance, & Provenance
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