Mauryan period were either produced from moulds which were struck from dies. Including
these, a new element of inscription was added to most of the coins to denote
the issuing authority.
The earlier coins used symbols similar to those used on
the punch marked coins but later those symbols were replaced by new devices of
animals. The coins of Ujjain were of large variety and most of them had a single
symbol which was popularly known as "Ujjain symbol".
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