Invocations through Coins: Legends for Allegiance and Popular Validation in the Indigenous Copper Coins

This paper tries to understand the extra-economic aspect of the coins. The questions asked in this paper are: whether the change in the legend of coins may represent the formation of a federation of polities? Whether with the extension of the region under federation/conglomeration the name of geographies associated with the polities are dropped and are represented under the name of the deities? These questions are addressed by looking at the numismatic issues of Yaudheyas, Kuṇindas and Ārjunāyanas in the north-west region of the subcontinent.


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