Author: A V Narasimha Murthi
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
The study of coins of any country helps us to take a peek into the history and the culture of the inhabitants of that country. Though diminutive in size, coins are a rich source from which one can make an authentic study about the political, religious and cultural history of the people.
Indian coins, perhaps, are among the most ancient coins of the world. Indians have been using coins more than 3000 years ago and have won the admiration of the ancient and medievel world.
In terms of veriety, technical virtuosity and as a source of valuable information Indian coins are rated as the richest by the students of numismatics all over the world. Depiction of Sri Rama, Sri Krishna, Lord Vishnu, Lord Siva, Mother Lakshmi, Lord Venkateswara, Mother Durga, Lord Hanuman, Garuda and Nandi and Buddha and later of the Christian Cross and Saint Mark etc., on Indian Coins reveals interesting data.
The gold coins of the Gupta period and of the illustrious Vijayanagara Kings, the Moghals and the Sultans are a source of excellence in calligraphy and are prized for their value by connoisseurs of numismatics and its students.
The fascinating story of coins is graphically told in this book by the learned author who is an expert in Indian numismatics, the science of coinage. This is written in a lucid style so that it will be useful for common readers, students, coin collectors and those who are interested in the study of Indian culture.
2. Technology of minting coins in India
3. Special features of Indian coins
4. Coins of the ancient period
5. Coins of early medieval India
6. Sultanate and Mughal coins
7. Vijayanagara and later coins
8. Foreign and modern coins
9. Coins as mirrors of religion and culture
10. Estimate and epilogue