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Author: D D Kosambi
Publisher: Orient Longman
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0861310187
This volume brings together twelve of Kosambi's major essays on the statistical and analytical study of coins from ancient India.
The systematic study of coins in an area of specialization even among archaeologists, and statistical numismatics is closer still to the frontiers of human knowledge, daunting all but the but the most accomplished scholars. It is the hallmark of D D Kosambi's genius that as early as the 1930s he had already directed his outstanding ability as a statistician to the study of ancient Indian coinage, and had laid the foundation of a branch of research that will preserve the mark of his insight and innovation for decades.
Every one of the essays in this volume is of significance today for the general principles of statistical inference, analysis and interpretation that they evoke, as well as for their author's brilliant historical and socio-economic insights and scintillating wit and style. Historians, archaeologists and mathematicians will find this volume indispensable.
Introduction by B.D. Chattopadhyay
A Statistical Study of the Weights of Old Indian Punchmarked Coins
On the Weights of Old Indian Punchmarked Coins
A Note on the Two Hoards of Punchmarked Coins Found at Taxila
On the Study and Metrology of Silver Punchmarked Coins
On the Origin and Development of Silver Coinage in India
The Effect of Circulation upon the Weight of Metal Currency
Silver Punchmarked Coins, with Special Reference to the East Khandesh Hoard
Chronological Order of Punchmarked Coins I : A Re-examination of the Older Taxila Hoard
Chronological Order of Punchmarked Coins II : The Bodenayakanur Hoard
Chronological Order of Punchmarked Coins III : The Paila Hoard
Punchmarked Coins of the Amaravati Hoard