Astronomical Symbols on Indian Punchmarked Coins?

  • Terry Hardaker
  • Mayank Vahia
  • Nisha Yadav
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 54)


We suggest that some of the signs on ancient punchmarked coins of India may have been derived from astronomical observations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry Hardaker
    • 1
  • Mayank Vahia
    • 2
  • Nisha Yadav
    • 2
  1. 1.Honorary Research Associate, Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean MuseumOxfordUK
  2. 2.Tata Institute of Fundamental ResearchMumbaiIndia

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