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Ancient Indian Coins are an important source of history, as they help in constructing history and help in understanding important historical processes.
Let’s take an example of Kushana coins which suggested their trading activities. The presence of ship motifs on Satvahana coinage reflects the importance of maritime trade. The inscribed figures of rulers, deities, and legends give us an insight into the social and political aspects of various kingdoms.
Western Kshatrapas or a Scythian dynasty ruled a large kingdom in western India from the 1st to the early 5th century. They have a very rich and interesting coinage. The coinage was based on Indo-Greek Kings. The coins show a royal bust, a thunderbolt, and an arrow, and later, a chaitya or three-arched hill and river symbol with a crescent and the sun, within a legend in Brahmi. These coins had information about the name of the King, of his father, and the date of issue, and have helped clarify the early history of India.
The decline of the Mughal Empire gave rise to many princely states throughout India. Eventually, Princely states had issued many interesting coins. Some of the most astonishing coins were Hyderabad, Bikaner, Dhar, Banwasi, Mysore, and Kutch. Silver coin of Hyderabad is issued in the name of Muhammad Shah; Bikaner copper coin shows the effigy of Queen Victoria; Half Pice of 1887 from Dhar state; elephant on Banwasi’s coin; Mysore coin issued in the name of Shah Alam Badshah; and astonishing silver 5 rupee coin of Kutch state where crescent is flanked by Trident and Katar.
The most significant monetary contribution of the Mughals was to bring about uniformity and consolidation of the system of coinage throughout the Empire. The coinage lasted after the collapse of the Mughal Empire. Akbar’s reign had the best coin collection with innovative ornamentation of the background of the die and floral scrollwork. Jehangir’s coins have new heights in the history of coinage which portraits and literary verses and excellent calligraphy.
The coinage of colonial India can be divided into 2 parts, East India Company (EIC) issues, and Imperial issues. The EIC issues can be further subdivided into two subcategories called the Presidency issues that comprise separate Madras Presidency, Bombay Presidency, and Bengal Presidency issues and uniform coinage for all British territories from 1835 to 1858. An imperial issue bears the portraits of Queen Victoria, Edward VII, George V, and George VI.
Reserve Bank of India commemorated the birth centenary of Mahatma Gandhi by minting coins in denominations of 20 paise, 50 paise, 1 rupee, and 10 rupees in 1969. The obverse of all the coins has Lion capital of Ashokan Pillar, value below. The reverse shows a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi facing left. Every coin collector or numismatist would love to possess such an interesting set of commemorative coins of the ‘Father of Nation’.
Coins are a small window into the world history, art, culture, politics, and economics of a country, making it a holistic endeavor that can suit many interests. There are infinite ways to collect world-old historic coins. You may collect countries you visited or nations based on your ancestry. You can collect coins from your birth year, or of various themes such as animals, monarchs, obsolete nations, colonial issues, emergency or wartime issues, etc. There are many “one coin per country” collectors, but more ambitious collectors may collect every type from a nation or region.