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Weights, Measurements and Coinage


Weights

The basic weight of  The Mauryan empire was the raktika, which is estimated at about .118 grams.

Weight Equivilancy

5 ratikas
1 masa
16 masas
1 karsa
4 karsas
1 pala
10 palas
1 dharana

1 pala = 1 1/3 oz. or 37.76 grams

Measurement Equivilancy

 
8 yava
1 angula
3/4 inches
12 angulas
1 vitastis
9 inches
2 vitastis
1 hasta
18 inches
4 hastas
1 dhanus
6 feet
2,000 dhanus
1 krosa
2.25 miles
4 krosas
1 yojana
9 miles

Time Equivilancy

18 nimesas
1 kasthas
3.2 seconds
30 kasthas
1 kala
1.6 minutes
15 kalas
1 nadika
24 minutes
2 nadikas
1 muhurta
48 minutes
30 muhurtas
1 aho-ratra
24 hours
(Thepar)

Coinage
coins

Issued initially by merchant Guilds and later by States, the coins represented a trade currency belonging to a period of intensive trade activity and urban development.  The motifs found on these coins were mostly drawn from nature like the sun, various animals, trees, hills, and some were geometrical symbols. (Buggey)

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