Q. In the Mauryan Empire, the coins are known as pana is made up of?

[A] Gold

[B] Silver

[C] Lead

[D] Copper

Answer: B

Explanation: Though coinage was known, barter was the medium of exchange in pre-modern economies.

  • In the Mauryan Empire, the silver coin known as pana and its sub-divisions were the most commonly used currency.
  • Hordes of punch-marked coins have been found in many parts of north India, though some of these coins may have been from earlier periods.
  • Thus, while coins were in use, it is difficult to estimate the extent to which the economy was monetised.

Source: Tamil Nadu NCERT