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A Macro Study Of Early Indian Coins by C. Mani
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A Macro Study Of Early Indian Coins by C. Mani

Rs 800.00

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Chats on Old Coins by Fred W. Burgess
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Chats on Old Coins by Fred W. Burgess

Rs 1,045.00

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Contents: Preface. 1. The collector's aim. 2. The story of coinage. 3. Coins of ancient Greece. 4. Coins of ancient Rome and the republican era. 5. The coins of the twelve great caesars. 6. Roman currency under the later emperors. 7. Early British and Romano-British. 8. The saxon period. 9. Norman and plantagenet. 10. Coins of the lancastrian and 'Yorkist Kings. 11. The tudor period. 12. The stuarts. 13. The commonwealth, and after the restoration. 14. The house of hanover. 15. Victoria, Edward VII, and George V. 16. Regal copper coins. 17. British colonial currency. 18. Ireland and the Isle of man. 19. Coins of Scotland. 20. American coinage. 21. Seventeenth-century tokens. 22. Eighteenth-century tokens. 23. Nineteenth-century tokens. Bibliography. Index.

From the Preface: 'Numismatic literature has hitherto been prepared for the specialist, and adapted to those who wish to posses in categorical form a complete--or as nearly so as the writer's knowledge enabled him, to make it--list of the coins and medals of the period under review. Some books have been written for the beginner and those who at small cost were desirous of obtaining an elementary account of the particular branch of coin collecting in which they were interested. Few attempts, however, have been made to provide in condensed form a book dealing with the obsolete currencies which have, throughout the world's history, been used by its most prominent nations.

In this little work the author has endeavoured to "skim the cream" off the heavier and, to some, drier problems of numismatology, and to present in acceptable "popular" form the more interesting facts which should be known to every collector.

Among the branches of study touched upon are those associated with the coins of the ancients most prominent in European history. The beauties of Greek coins and Roman medallions are strongly in evidence. The dawn of civilization as seen in the early currency of Britain is pointed out, and step by step the story of the coinage of Great Britain and her dependencies--the Greater Britain beyond the Seas--is unfolded.

Recognizing not only that the blood-relationship of the freeborn sons of American soil makes the coinage of the old world which their forefathers handled interesting to them, but that the coins used by dwellers in the United States and in Canada are valued by English collectors, I have given prominence to American currencies.

The British regal coinage has so frequently been supplemented by token issues, which have for a time become a part of the national currency, that I have included in "Chats on Old Coins" a few chapters on tokens."


Coin Splendour : A Journey into the Past by Prasanna Rao Bandela
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Coin Splendour : A Journey into the Past by Prasanna Rao Bandela

Rs 1,200.00

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Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. Mauryan legacy. 2. Coming of the Yavanas. 3. The Kushanas. 4. The Sathavahanas. 5. The Western Ksatrapas. 6. The Golden Age of the Guptas. 7. Pallava heritage. 8. Glorious Vijayanagara. 9. The Golden South. 10. Those magnificent medals. 11. History in metal. 12. A pastime gaining currency. 13. Fascinating rarities. Index.

"Coins are indeed the most enduring pieces of frozen time. These time-capsules transport us instantly into our past. They conjure up before us the lives and times of our ancestors.

They provide the most authoritative record of history. As pieces of evidence they are invaluable because they may add a new fact, or a name, or a date to history.

The rise and fall of great early civilizations of Rome and Greece are well chronicled and illustrated on their coins. In India, for example, the coins of the Guptas reveal the grandeur of their golden age. Coins tell us about the empires of the kings who minted them and the people who used them as money. They witness the flowering and decay of artistic expression of their times. Many traces of human development can also be seen on them.

This small volume is an attempt to show what coins can teach us as documents of history, monuments of art and artifacts of our national heritage. Coins of prominent ancient Indian kingdoms upto 15 century AD are described. Two chapters are devoted to medals of historical importance. Some examples of fascinating coin-rarities are given in the last two chapters.


Tribal Coins of Ancient India
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Tribal Coins of Ancient India

Rs 2,900.00

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Contents: Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. The Agras. 2. The Arjunayanas. 3. The Audumbaras. 4. The Kulutas. 5. The Kshudrakas. 6. The Kunindas. 7. The Malavas. 8. The Pauravas. 9. The Rajanyas. 10. The Savitriputras. 11. The Sibis. 12. The Trigartas. 13. The Uddehikas. 14. The Vemakis / Vaiyamakas. 15. The Vrishnis. 16. The Yaudheyas. Appendices. Bibliography. Index.

"Tribal coins throw a flood of light on the history, culture, religion, economy, polity, trade, commerce, technology, symbology, metrology, movements, etc. of the various tribes in ancient India. They thus enlighten us about various aspects of the life and culture of the people in ancient India.

Numismatic discoveries made from time to time, interpretations and newer techniques of analysis have rendered earlier views in many cases as obsolete and worth revision. Some new types of Agreya coins published recently throw fresh light on the religions proclivities of the Agras. Coins discovered from Nohar show the presence of the Arjunayana Tribe in Northeastern Rajasthan. A critical analysis of the typology and provenance of Audumbara coins reveals that the monarchical issues of the Mitra rulers do not actually belong to the tribe, and that there was no ruler of the name of Mahadeva belonging to the Audumbara stock, thus rendering the old classification of their coins as outdated. The discovery of the hoards at Chakkar near Mandi and at Hat Koti and Jalog in Shimla District in Himachal Pradesh, stray finds of new types of Kuninda coins, their coin molds from regular excavations at Sanghol in Punjab and their coins from the site of the Syena-Chiti (Eagle-shaped fire-altar) at Purola in Uttaranchal have thrown fresh light on their history, culture, religion, kingship, capital, mint-site and techniques of minting, trade and commerce, etc. The diminutive nature of Malava coins as evidence of poor economy stands challenged in the light of epigraphic evidence. The existence of the Kshudrakas and Savitriputras has been proved on the basis of their coins. The Vemakis were known only from Rudravarman's silver and a dubious copper coin but the author has brought two of their new rulers -- Bhavavarman and Sivaghosha - to light. The settlement of the Vrishnis at Sunet near Ludhiana is proved by a number of their seals, sealings and copper coins. Many fallacies about the Yaudheyas have also been corrected by a fresh study and analysis of their coins.

This book, based on a study of various published and unpublished hoards and stray finds of coins in institutional and private collections is the first Indian publication on the tribal coins containing the largest number of illustrations bringing to light many new coins and offering new interpretations.


Coins in India : Power and Communication
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Coins in India : Power and Communication

Rs 2,250.00

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Contents: 1. Introduction: coins as political and cultural documents/Himanshu Prabha Ray. 2. Roman coins in India: A re-evaluation/Himanshu Prabha Ray. 3. A tale of two dynasties: the Kshaharatas and the Satavahanas in the Deccan/Shailendra Bhandare. 4. Religious icons and money: Shiva images on Kushana coins/Rita Devi Sharma and Himanshu Prabha Ray. 5. Coinage and gender: early medieval Kashmir/Devika Rangachari. 6. Kings and coins: money as the state media in the Indian Sultanates/Syed Ejaz Hussain. 7. Muhammad bin Tughluq: a numismatic reappraisal of an enigmatic persona/Sanjay Garg. 8. The Monarch and the millennium: a new interpretation of the Alf coins of Akbar/Najaf Haider. 9. A metallic mirror: changing representations of sovereignty during the Raj/Shailendra Bhandare. 10. Conducting excavations and collecting coins: Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Kingdom/Jean-Marie Lafont. 11. Coins: some persistence issues/Indira Rajaraman. Index.

"This volume focuses on the socio-cultural connotations of coinage in terms of power, authority, and rule legitimization, placing numismatic studies in the context of cultural history. Coins function as money, because the users share cultural parameters regarding their value and acceptability. These cultural values form a continuum and are reflected in adhering to traditional designs in the old and new denominations, while at the same time introducing changes and modifications. It is this continuum that marks India's coinage tradition of over 2,500 years, with inputs from Greek and Islamic coinage systems.

An important facet of the aesthetic of Islamic kingship, for example, is evident from the silver coinage of the Bengal Sultanate, which combined intricate interdependence of religious expression, personal aggrandizement, and rule legitimacy. Coins provide insights into political power and authority, while archaeological excavations, hoards, and stupa deposits provide contexts that place coin-finds within a larger cultural milieu.

The contributors to this volume discuss this tradition from several disciplinary perspectives such as history, archaeology, economics, and numismatic studies.


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