Deccan College Professor Documents 700 Coins

25 Nov 2017  Sat

Pictures of over 700 coins made of copper, lead, and silver, from different eras since the 6th century have been documented systematically by associate professor in epigraphy, paleography, and numismatics named Shahida Ansari from Deccan College. It is a part of a MoU with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)

Many of these coins belonged to the college, but they have been systematically catalogued for the first time. The document with coloured pictures of coins and details like metal, shape, measurement, weight, thickness, obverse/ reverse descriptions, estimated age and dynasty, is like a dictionary for anyone who wants to study coins. Unlike other catalogues, the pictures of inscriptions are clearer.

The document covers coins from 6th Century BC to East India Company issues. 741 coins from South, Central, and Western India belong to Deccan College museum. These coins were discovered through excavations conducted by the Deccan College. The research was done over a period of two years from 2015 to 2017 and was supported by INTACH.

The monograph version of the research will be converted into a virtual display on the college website so that coin lovers can have access to all the information.