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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

An ancient Mon silver coin with a conch shell

An ancient Mon silver coin with a conch shell in a circle of dots (only partially visible now - see photo) on the obverse and a Srivatsa (Temple of Sri, fertility goddess) on the reverse. The conch or shell was a good luck symbol often associated with the Hindu god Vishnu. The conch is also found on some Pyu and Chandra coins. The Mons were from southern Burma and founded the kingdom of Dvaravati. Mon coins are typically thicker than the Pyu, this particular specimen is between 2 and 3mm thick. It dates from approximately AD400 - AD500.
Photo: An ancient Mon silver coin with a conch shell in a circle of dots (only partially visible now - see photo) on the obverse and a Srivatsa (Temple of Sri, fertility goddess) on the reverse. The conch or shell was a good luck symbol often associated with the Hindu god Vishnu. The conch is also found on some Pyu and Chandra coins. The Mons were from southern Burma and founded the kingdom of Dvaravati. Mon coins are typically thicker than the Pyu, this particular specimen is between 2 and 3mm thick. It dates from approximately AD400 - AD500.

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