Which King or Kingdom first introduced the coins in India for trading (internal or external)?

  • Don't forget that Persia occupied the Indus Valley from ~520 B.C.
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    Aug 29, 2017 at 0:11

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"The first coins in India were minted around the 6th century BC by the Mahajanapadas of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, and certainly before the invasion of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC. " Wikipedia

"Earliest Kushan coinage is generally attributed to Vima Kadphises. " Quora

"The first documented coinage is deemed to start with 'Punch Marked' coins issued between the 7th-6th century BC and 1st century AD. These coins are called 'punch-marked' coins because of their manufacturing technique. Mostly made of silver, these bear symbols, each of which was punched on the coin with a separate punch." RBI.org


Copper coins have been found in the submerged city of Dwarka which has been dated to be at least 3000 to 10,000 years old.

Quoting from source one (the Hindu):

Thirty copper coins were also found in the excavation area. The structures found on land belonged to the medieval period. "We have also found 30 copper coins. We are cleaning them. After we finish cleaning them, we can give their date," he said.

  • @MarkC.Wallace: Sources are all embedded behind the words highlighted in blue colour.
    – Rolen Koh
    Aug 25, 2017 at 9:01
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    Apologies; links are not displaying on my screen today. my comment was in error and I've deleted it and upvoted.
    – MCW
    Aug 25, 2017 at 9:13
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    Nevertheless, links have a tendency to break and it would be a good idea to edit some quotes from your sources into your answer.
    – Spencer
    Aug 26, 2017 at 14:42
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    @Spencer: Quotation added in the answer.
    – Rolen Koh
    Aug 27, 2017 at 16:03

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