The period of late seventeenth century was an era of muted general discontent amongst the Hindu populace of Deccan. Rampant lawlessness, injustice and displaying of religious intolerance made the people secretly desire a liberator. A liberator finally arose. He promised the people a land to call their own, free of oppression and religious bigotry. A great warrior his name is not unknown to any Indian. History names him as Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Kalidasa was probably one of the greatest exponents of Indian literature or Sanskrit from ancient India, whose works have earned him respect from all over the world even today. He was an active Sanskrit poet and dramatist in the 5th Century who is credited for six known genuine works namely – dramas Abhijnanashakuntala (“The Recognition of Shakuntala”), Vikramorvashi (“Urvashi Won by Valour”), and Malavikagnimitra (“Malavika and Agnimitra”); poems Raghuvamsha (“Dynasty of Raghu”) and Kumarasambhava (“Birth of the War God”); and the lyric “Meghaduta” (“Cloud Messenger”).
When the resonance of ‘Om’ spreads through the air the Nirguna Brahmand (universe) became Sanguna. This essence of Lord Shiva throbs in Indian soil, its philosophy illustrates him as the destroyer of evil, passionate lover, ferocious warrior, protector, lord of cosmic dance, incorruptible yet powerful force and equally ornamented with a fearsome temper. But this is what philosophy says about him, what about the commoners! How did they saw Mahakala (Lord Shiva) himself? Let’s learn about their perception of the God of the Gods through coinage by turning the pages of Indian numismatic to study Lord Shiva on coins.
Manufacturing fake currency or counterfeit money is illegal in every country as they are produced without the consent of the Central Bank or the Government. It can lead to major setbacks on the economic stability of a country. More circulating money means that its value depreciates over time which in turn leads to inflation. It also results in mistrust among people decreasing acceptability of money and sharemarket value. Trade is the most affected when merchants have to face immense losses as fake notes are not reimbursed by banks of other countries.
Coins without symbols are incomplete. Symbols play a very important role in defining a coin. The prominent ones that are seen on the obverse or the reverse of the coins are the dynastic emblems or symbols. Other than these symbols we see other motifs that are sometimes referred to as secondary or auxiliary symbols.
This week, in a way, has been a colourful week really that kick-started with Holi. As the entire nation indulges in fun and frolic that the festivities invite, we thought of touching upon a colourful topic in numismatics as well – Toned coins.
Who doesn’t love elephants? This massive yet cute animal has captured our hearts since our childhood. All authoritative “Hathi” from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle book, the obedient pet “Shep” from George of the Jungle, the cute baby elephant “Dumbo” with abnormally large ears, “Heffalumps” from Winne the Pooh, Dr. Seuss’ elephant “Horton” just so many of them, each uniquely beautiful.
There might not be a single day when you have not exchanged coins with someone. But, have you ever wondered how modern coins are minted? Let’s take a closer look at the coin minting process that is involved in striking the coins that you have with you, right now in your pockets!
It is that time of the year that every Indian has anticipated from a very long time! Celebrations are on, as Diwali is almost here and we present coins of India and stamps that are in some way related to his joyous occasion!
Hello, everyone! Interested in building Numismatic as your hobby? But do not know from where to start? So keeping in mind about the beginners, we have brought the basics of Numismatics for you. Today we have got few amazing Numismatics facts to add to your knowledge. So get little curious and let’s get started.