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Offline abhinumis

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The coins of bengal presidency by Dr.Paul Stevens
« on: December 16, 2012, 05:13:22 PM »
Hi all,
Finally after much wait, I've successfully acquired the paper back copy of the book!! And it's been true pleasure going through the pages. It is definitely easier to understand than Pridmore and better arranged.. And the additional information including Dr.Stevens' own work is a treat to collectors of bengal presidency.. Especially the chapters on coins of the ceded and captured provinces are immensely helpful as they are missing from Pridmore. Going through the chapters has cleared many of my doubts. Definitely the reference book for all who collects bengal presidency coins surpassing Pridmore..
(I gain no benefits for praising the above book, and these are purely my opinion)
P.S- I request the moderators to kindly merge this post if there is a earlier thread on this topic.
Dr.Abhishek

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Re: The coins of bengal presidency by Dr.Paul Stevens
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 05:32:15 PM »
Can you provide the ISBN, please?

From Baldwin's press release:

THE COINAGE OF THE HON. EAST INDIA COMPANY – PART 1 THE COINS OF THE BENGAL PRESIDENCY

Dr. Paul Stevens first book, ‘The Coins of the Bengal Presidency’ is an essential reference work for anyone interested in this period of Indian history, British colonial history and East India Company coinage. The first of a planned three part series on the coins of the East India Company, this will be the new standard reference work for the next generation of numismatists.

Written by the highly respected numismatist Dr. Paul Stevens who became interested in Indian coinage during the 1970’s and was particularly fascinated by the coins which were produced by the British for use in India, the book is a result of many hours spent poring over primary source documents in the British Library. It explores the coins and mints of the Bengal Presidency from 1757, when the EIC first acquired the right to mint coins there, until 1835, when a uniform coinage was introduced into British India.

Divided into ten chapters, each one deals with a different time or location of the coinage. Each chapter then consists of a short summary followed by a very detailed exploration of the information found mainly in the archives of the EIC. This part contains extensive archival extracts, which should prove useful to both numismatists and historians studying the EIC. Next, (within each chapter,) there is a detailed catalogue of the coins discussed within that chapter, and finally there is a list of references that will ensure that the original sources can easily be found.

At the end of the book there are some useful appendices: an AH/AD/RY concordance; a glossary of Indian words and abbreviations found in the extracts from the records; a concordance of Pridmore numbers with the Stevens catalogue numbers; and the mint names and rulers’ names as they actually appear on the coins. Many other fascinating pieces of information could also be mentioned but they are all in the book and that is where they should be sought.

The Coins of the Bengal Presidency, published by Baldwin’s, is priced at £50 plus postage and can be ordered through the Baldwin’s website at www.baldwin.co.uk .
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Re: The coins of bengal presidency by Dr.Paul Stevens
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 07:41:34 PM »
Sure Peter, here it is
ISBN 978-0-906919-25-5. Got it from a well known coin dealer in delhi for rs.1500..I heard it is distributed by Toddywala here in India..
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Re: The coins of bengal presidency by Dr.Paul Stevens
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2012, 12:14:41 AM »
Thanks, Abhishek. Google that number and you know why it's useful. Other books in the bibliography also have their ISBN where I can find it.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.