Ancient coins of Eran, Vidisha with Indus Script hieroglyphs of metalwork

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Eran-Vidisha AE 1/2 karshapana, Hastideva, four punch type
Weight: 4.89 gm., Dimensions: 18×14 mm.
Railed tree on left and taurine fixed in open railing on right; river at the bottom;
upside down legend punch at the top reading hathidevasa
Blank reverse
Reference: K.B. Tiwari 1981: 41 / Pieper 490 (plate coin)

Eran-Vidisha AE 1/2 karshapana, Narayanamitra, five punch type
Weight:  5.02 gm., Dimensions: 20×17 mm.
Railed Indradhvaja in centre; elephant on right; taurine fixed in open railing on left
river at the bottom and legend punch on top reading rajno narayanamitasa
Blank reverse
Reference: S. Tiwari collection, p.182, type 1 / Pieper 488 (plate coin)

ran-Vidisha AE 1/2 karshapana, Damabhadra, four punch type
Weight:  3.85 gm., Dimensions: 17×16 mm.
Double orbed ‘Ujjain symbol’ on left and railed tree on right; river at the bottom;
legend punch on top reading damabhadasa
Damaru symbol flanked by two svastikas
Reference: Pieper 491 (plate coin)

eran satakarni

Eran-Vidisha, AE 3/8 karshapana,  Satakarni, five punch type
Weight:  3.64 gm., Dimensions: 20×17 mm.
From left to right elephant, ‘Ujjain symbol’ with crescent and railed Indradhvaja;
river at the bottom; legend punch on top reading siri satakanisa
Blank reverse
Reference:  S. Tiwari collection, p.199/ Pieper 493 (plate coin)

Bhagila, AE 3/8 karshapana,  four punch ‘bull type”
Weight:  3.11 gm., Dimensions: 19×19 mm.
Bull on the left, railed tree on right; river at the bottom; legend punch at the top
reading bhagilaya which is followed by a lotus flower.
Blank reverse
Reference:  S. Tiwari collection, p.161, type 1,var.2 / Pieper 495 (plate coin)

Bhagila, AE 3/4 karshapana,  four punch ‘bull type’
Weight:  6.88 gm., Dimensions: 22×21 mm.
Bull on the left, railed tree on right; river at the bottom; legend punch at the top
reading bhagilaya which is followed by a lotus flower.
Blank reverse
Reference:  S. Tiwari collection, p.161, type 1,var.2 / Pankaj Tandon collection

bhagila496

Bhagila, 1/2 AE karshapana,  four punch ‘cobra type’
Weight:  4.67 gm., Dimensions: 20×19 mm.
Cobra snake on the left and railed tree on the right; river at the bottom; on the top
is a legend punch reading upside-down bhagilaya followed by a lotus flower.
Blank reverse
Reference: S. Tiwari collection, p.163, type II, var.2 / Pieper 496 (plate coin)

Bhagila, AE 1/2 karshapana,  four punch ‘cobra type’
Weight:  5.03 gm., Dimensions: 21×21 mm.
Cobra snake on the left and railed tree on the right; river at the bottom; on the top
is a legend punch reading upside-down bhagilaya followed by a lotus flower.
Blank reverse
Reference: S. Tiwari collection, p.163, type II, var.2 / Pankaj Tandon collection

Kurara, die-struck AE
Weight:  1.90 gm., Dimensions: 13×13 mm.
‘Ujjain symbol’ with nandipdada on one of its orbs on left;, railed tree on right;
Brahmi legend on top reading kuraraya
Blank reverse
Reference:  S. Tiwari collection, p.172, class II / Pieper 500 (plate coin)

Kurara, die-struck AE
Weight:  0.98 gm., Dimensions: 11×10 mm.
Railed tree on left and Indradhvaja on right; Brahmi legend on top reading kuraraya
Srivatsa-on-railing on reverse.
Reference: / Pieper 501 (plate coin)

vidisha wheel

Vidisha, die-struck AE, wheel type
Weight:  1.18 gm., Dimensions: 13 mm.
Obv.: Eight-spoked wheel
Rev.: Brahmi legend reading vedisa
Reference: Pieper collection

Vidisha, die-struck AE, hill type
Weight: ?., Dimensions: ? (weight and dimensions not stated by the auctioneers)
Three-arched hill with crescent on top; Brahmi legend below reading vedisa(sa)
Blank reverse
Reference:  The photo of this coin is taken from Bhargava auction 8, coin 32

Vidisha, die-struck AE, uniface ‘legend, tree and hill’ type
Weight: 9.36 gm, Dimensions: ? (dimensions not stated by the auctioneers)
Obv: Centrally placed Brahmi legend (ve)disasa; railed tree at top; three-arched hill at the bottom.
Rev: Blank
Reference:  Dilip Rajgor & Shankar Tiwari, ONS-NL 125 (1990), p.6, type 1
Photo from Classical Numismatic Gallery, auction 18, lot 7

Malwa, clay sealing
Weight:  4.48 gm., Dimensions: 20×15 mm.
Railed yupa (sacrificial post) with side decorations and a Brahmi legend below reading khadasa
Reference: Pieper collection “Thanks to Shailendra Bhandare for the correct reading. According to Bhandare the legend refers to the worship of Skanda; similar objects pertaining to the Skanda cult have been reported from regions of Malwa, Vidarbha and the Deccan.”

http://coinindia.com/galleries-eran2.html

Indus Script hieroglyphs on Eran_Vidhisha coins deciphered:

yupa Skambha as mEDha ‘pillar, stake’ rebus: meD ‘iron’ med ‘copper’ (Slavic) dula ‘pair’ rebus: dul ‘cast metal’ kadasa kanda? rebus: kanda ‘fire-altar’ Thus, fire-altar for cast copper/iron.

bhagila text: rebus: गर्भगळीत, गर्भगिळीत, गर्भगीळ (p. 225) [ garbhagaḷīta, garbhagiḷīta, garbhagīḷa ] a (गर्भ & गळणें) That has dropped or cast the womb. भागी (p. 607) [ bhāgī ] c भागीदार or भागीलदार c A partner, an associate in a joint concern. 2 A sharer or partaker; a shareholder.

DAng ‘hill range’ rebus: dhangar ‘blacksmith’ PLUS kuThara ‘crucible’ rebus: kuThAru ‘armourer’

Vedi in Vedisa: vedi ‘fire-altar’ rebus: vetai ‘alchemy, transmutation of base metals into precious metals’ vedha ‘pierced hole’ rebus: vedi ‘fire-altar’ वेदिका f. a sacrificial ground , altar VarBr2S

kulyA ‘hood of snake’ rebus: kol ‘working in iron’ kolle ‘blacksmith’ kolhe ‘smelter’ nAga ‘snake’ rebus: nAga ‘lead (ore)’.eraka ‘knave of wheel’ rebus: eraka ‘moltencast, copper’

poLa ‘zebu’ rebus: poLa ‘magnetite ore’

tAmarasa ‘lotus’ rebus: tAmra ‘copper’

kANDa ‘water’ rebus: khaNDa ‘metal implements’

gaNDa ‘four’ rebus: kanda ‘fire-altar’ (see Ujjain symbol)

kariba ‘elephant trunk’ ibha ‘elephant’ rebus: karb ‘iron’ ib ‘iron’ kanga ‘brazier’ sangaDa ‘brazier’ rebus: kanka ‘gold’ karNI ‘supercargo’

kuTi ‘tree’ rebus: kuThi ‘smelter’ kuThara ‘crucible’ rebus: kuThAru ‘armourer’ koThAri ‘warehouse’ dhAv ‘strand of rope’ rebus: dhAtu ‘ore’ kandit ‘bead’ rebus: kanda ‘fire-altar’.

S. Kalyanaraman

Sarasvati Research Center December 28, 2015

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