The word Kushan derived from the Chinese term Guishuang, which refers to one of the branches of Yuezhi. The Kushan Empire was a Syncretic Empire; this empire was formed during the 1st century CE; in the Bactrian territories. Continue reading The Kushana Empire
“The one who has a Curved Trunk, Who has a Large Body and Whose Splendour is similar to Million Suns”! Deep in a cave on a hill in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, archaeologists found a Gupta Era sculpture which is believed to be the oldest dateable representation of the Elephant God Ganesha. The Udaygiri Ganesha is considered to be the oldest representation of the Lord Ganesha in the country. Apart from these sculptural marvels, the Elephant God Featured on Coins is a marvelous example of skilled artisanship. Continue reading Elephant God Featured on Coins
Origin of the name of Tripura is still a matter of controversy among historians and researchers. According to the ‘Rajmala”, Tripura’s celebrated court chronicle, an ancient king named ‘Tripura’ ruled over the territorial domain known as ‘Tripura’ and the name of the kingdom was derived from his name. Many researchers explain the name ‘Tripura’ from its etymological origin: the word ‘Tripura’ is a compound of two separate words, ‘twi’ (water) + ‘pra’ (near) which in totality means ‘near water’. Continue reading Coinage of the Tripura Kingdom
Deities are worshipped in various forms from time immemorial. Beliefs and reverence for supernatural powers have driven humans to worship various forms. They may be natural elements personified, saints and divine personalities considered next to god or the God Himself. These deities are found depicted on Indus Valley Seals, on walls of ancient ruins and at places of worship. After the advent of coins, deities were depicted on coins. Continue reading Deities on Tripura Coins
On 7th June 1893, a young practicing lawyer was thrown off a train in South Africa for refusing to comply with the travel rules of ‘racial segregation’. The same person later became the reason for awe for the British. He is known by many names in India. Ravindranath Tagore called him Mahatma! Some call him Bapu. Some call him Gandhiji or just Gandhi. It doesn’t matter what you call him! He has a special place in the heart of every Indian. Continue reading Celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with Coins
‘Women on the throne’ was a less common picture during the ancient and medieval times but was not unheard of. A number of civilizations offer their gratitude to these fine and capable rulers who broke down the stereotypical barriers of the society and left behind a glorious legacy. The Byzantine Empire is no excuse. The Coinage of the Byzantine Empire gives an ample amount of examples of the women ruling with iron fist. Coins of Empress Irene are the testimonies of another Iron Lady of the Byzantine Empire. Continue reading Coins of Empress Irene
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.
Coins are a form of legal tender first used c. 6th century BCE in India. The need arose for a stable mode of payment and coins have risen gloriously to the occasion. Previous methods of payment have been replaced over time. But what has enabled coins to be used for payment for over two millennia? The stability in the value of precious metals can only go so far. But when combined with the authentication done by governing authorities, coins become a stable and reliable form of money.
A Coin finds a Collector ! This statement does look enigmatic but in many cases it happens and in my case it is entirely true.
I had spent my childhood in a small town where there were no coin dealers and the hobby was hardly pursued by anybody.
During my school days, going to a temple situated a couple of kilometres on dusty road was part of my daily routine. The last kilometre passed through an old market place which was in dilapidated state and there was hardly any commercial activity as all the shops were shut. Many of those closed shops were in the courtyards of the residential houses. One such shop cum residence had fine murals of peacock in shining bright colours. Though I never had any knowledge about art and its technique – I liked the paintings and never missed looking at those paintings and admiring them. Perhaps, being an art lover is the first ‘requirement’ for a coin collector. Continue reading A Coin finds a Collector !
Before money was introduced, cowry shells/seashells, beads of various types; and in India, cows were medium of exchange. But who introduced the first coins which can also be counted among the world’s oldest coins?
There is no end to debate on claiming a certain coins as world’s first coin. The debate is not likely to die down soon. Continue reading World’s Oldest Coins!