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Indian sub-continent bibliography
« on: November 22, 2008, 03:51:59 PM »
Hi

I am listing below the reference books I have. Should anyone require information from any of these, please feel free to contact me:

Indian Numismatics by DD Kosambi

The Standard Guide to South Asian Coins and Paper Money Since 1556 (First edition)
Contents
Mughal empire (starting with Akbar)
Independent kingdoms
Indian Princely States
Indo-Danish coins
Indo-French coins
Indo-Dutch coins
Indo-Portuguese coins
British India coins
Afghanistan
Andaman Islands
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Burma
India - Republic
Maldive Islands
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka/Ceylon
Tibet
Paper money, Hundis, cheques, etc.

Couplets on Mughal Coins of India by Manik Jain

Coins and Currency Systems in South India by B. Chattopadhyaya

Ancient Indian Coinage by Rekha Jain

The Coinage of Ancient India by S.R. Goyal

Catalogue of the Coins of the Gupta Dynasties and of Sasanka, King of Gauda by John Allan

History of the Coinage of the Territories of the East India Company In the Indian Peninsula and Catalogue of the Coins in the Madras Museum by Edgar Thurston

The Copper Coins of India (Volumes I and II) by W.H. Valentine

Catalogue of the Coins of Ancent India by John Allan

The following books are now in public domain and can be downloaded free of cost from the Internet Archive:

Catalogue Of Coins In The Panjab Museum Lahore: Vol I (Indo-Greek coins) by R.B. Whitehead
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/catalogueofcoins014629mbp

Catalogue Of Coins In The Panjab Museum Lahore: Vol II (Coins of the Mughal Emperors) by R.B. Whitehead
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/catalogueofcoins02lahouoft

Catalogue Of Coins In The Panjab Museum Lahore: Vol III (Coins of Nadir Shah and the Durrani dynasty) by R.B. Whitehead
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/CatalogueOfCoinsInThePanjabMuseumLahoreVolII

Catalogue of coins in the Provincial museum, Lucknow: Vol. I (Prefaces and Plates) by C.J. Brown
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/catalogueofcoins01luck

Catalogue of coins in the Provincial museum, Lucknow: Vol. II (Catalogue) by C.J. Brown
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/catalogueofcoins02luckiala

Coins-Government Museum (Madras, India) (Catalogue No. 1. Mysore; Catalogue No. 2. Roman, Indo-Portuguese, and Ceylon; Catalogue No. 3. Sultáns of Dehlí) by Edgar Thurston
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/coinsindiamad00goveuoft

The coins of Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan by J. R. Henderson
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/coinsofhaidarali00hend

The Coins of the Sultáns of Dehlí in the British Museum by Stanley Lane-Poole
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/coinssultnsdehl00medagoog

Gold And Silver Coins Of Sultans Of Delhi by Mohd. Awali Khan
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/goldandsilvercoi019909mbp

Catalogue of the coins in the Indian Museum, Calcutta (Vol. 1, Part 1: The Early Foreign Dynasties and the Guptas) by Vincent A. Smith
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/pt1catalogueofco01indiuoft

Catalogue of the coins in the Indian Museum, Calcutta (Vol. 1, Part 2: Ancient Coins of Indian Types) by Vincent A. Smith
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/pt2catalogueofco01indiuoft

Catalogue of the coins in the Indian Museum, Calcutta (Vol. 1, Part 3: Persian Mediaeval, South Indian, and Miscellaneous Coins) by Vincent A. Smith
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/pt3catalogueofco01indiuoft

Catalogue Of The Coins In The Indian Museum, Calcutta (Vol. III: Mughal Emperors) by H.Nelson Wright
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/CatalogueOfTheCoinsInTheIndianMuseumCalcutta

The epoch of the Sah kings of Surashtra, illustrated by their coins by Edward Thomas
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/epochofsahkingso00thomrich

Coins and chronology of the early independent sultans of Bengal by Nalinikanta Bhattasali
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/coinschronologyo00bhatuoft

On the coins of the Patan sultans of Hindustan  by Edward Thomas
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/oncoinsofpatansu00thomrich

The pre-Mohammedan coinage of Northwestern India by R.B. Whitehead
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/premohammedancoi00whitrich

Lectures on ancient Indian numismatics by D.R. Bhandarkar
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/lecturesonancien00bhaniala

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Re: Reference books (Indian sub-continent)
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 01:57:15 AM »
The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations, part II, Asian Territories by Fred Pridmore

Very hard to find, while parts 1 and 3 are relatively easy.

Peter

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Reference books (Indian sub-continent).
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2008, 12:15:03 AM »
There's also Banknotes Coins Catalogue of Pakistan by Rafiq Kasbati & Yahya Qureshi as well.

I've only been made aware of this recently,but I'm not sure where to buy a copy from to help me with cataloguing my Pakistani banknotes.

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Re: Reference books (Indian sub-continent)
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2009, 05:39:49 PM »
Here are two titles I was looking for. Isn't the Internet Archive just great?

Contributions to the Study of Indo-Portuguese Numismatics by Josephus Gerson da Cunha
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/contributionsto00cunhgoog

Catalogue of the coins of the Andhra dynasty, the Western Ksatrapas, the Traikutaka dynasty, and the "Bodhi" dynasty by Rapson, E. J.
http://www.archive.org/details/catalogueofcoins00brit
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2009, 07:11:11 AM »
Indian Silver Punchmarked Coins: Magadha-Maurya Karshapana Series by P.L. Gupta and Terry Hardaker
Historical and numismatic background, plus standard catalog on the late series karshapanas. Alphabetical and symbol indexes serve as attribution guides.;   117p+8pl, 8x11", 1985, OP   (A revision of this standard work covering the commonest series of punchmarks is under way.)

The Coins of Tamil Nadu by K. Ganesh
Cholas, Pandyas, Cheras, Nayakas, Marathas, Sivaganga, Setupatis, Arcot Nawabs, ±730 coins illustrated, 50% previously unpublished. Historical outlines by dynasty. No provenance. Some differences in attribution from Mitchiner.

Maratha Mints and Coinage by K.K. Maheshwari and Kenneth W. Wiggins
History and mint-oriented catalogue of this complex series; genaeologies, lists of legends & symbols, etc. Standard.  224p, 1989
(Personal remarks: Excellent book. Quite affordable too.)

Living Without Silver: The Monetary History of Early Medieval North India  by John S. Deyell
Scholarly study of Afghan-North Indian coinage c. 750-1250 AD especially Bull & Horseman series, with catalog.  388p+36pl, hc, 6x9", 1990.  [1999 Reprint]
(Personal remarks: Marred by poor plates, otherwise excellent. Quite affordable.)

Standard Catalogue of Sultanate Coins of India by Dilip Rajgor
Pioneering work on Delhi, Bengal & others, now superceded by Goron & Goenka.  1991 (2008 Reprint)
(Personal remarks: No price update in the 2008 reprint (original ed. 1991). Doesn't seem too reliable on pricing, even by 1991 standards. The extremely rare "Joint issue" (believed largely to be a mint error) of Muhammad Ghori and Prithviraj Chouhan, for instance, of which only five independently reported specimens are reported by Deyell in his 1990 book, is ridiculously priced INR 20, 30, and 50 (F, VF, and XF, respectively)! Marred by some poor, unclear B/W photographs. Quite expensive at INR 975/$45. Not recommended!)

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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2009, 09:02:34 AM »
Recent acquisitions:

Ujjayini Coins by Narendra Kothari (Edited by Dilip Rajgor)
History and background of the coinage and the Ujjain symbol with catalog of Malwa, Avanti, Surasena, and Ujjain series of cast copper and silver punchmarked coins.
(Personal remarks: Nice little book. The b/w photographs are quite clear and accompanied by illustrations depicting the symbols.)

The Coinage of Northern India by P.C. Roy
A solid study and plate-catalogue of the 11-13th century Rajputana B&H, Lakshmi & other coinages: Kalchuris, Chandllas, Paramaras, Chalukyas, Tomara, Parihara, Chahamana, Japapella, etc.; incl. some illos. not in Deyell.
(Personal remarks: Clarity of the b/w photographs is average to very poor. Quite cheap though.)

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2009, 05:16:21 PM »
Acquired two fantastic books this week:

Punch-marked Coins of Early Historic India by Dilip Rajgor   
Comprehensive catalog of 1288 types of pre-&-Mauryan punchmarks attributed to issuing states by hoard provenance. Includes rarity rating, symbol index, identification guide, and recent forgeries. 261p+16pl, 7.25x10, hardbound
(Personal remarks: Excellent book with clear illustrations. As for plates, almost all of the b/w photographs show details clearly.)

Gold Fanams 1336-2000 by Hans Herrli
Catalogs hundreds of varieties by main types, assigning to issuers where known, and distinguishing (with disputed accuracy) among genuine, later circulating imitations, forgeries, and post-1950 fabrications which constitute most of the types offered on the market today. Each variety is illustrated with a clear drawing; enlarged color plates. The first serious work on this difficult series. 188p/pl, 8.5x12", hardbound
(Personal remarks: Excellent book with clear illustrations. Quite cheap for a book of this quality.)

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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009, 07:31:50 AM »
Which of these references would give an over view of the economic history of Indian coins in the early modern period?

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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2009, 09:09:19 AM »
Karnataka Coins by K. Ganesh   
Replacing earlier works on Vijayanagar and Hoysalas, and covering Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas, Western Gangas, Kalachuris, Kadambas, Yadavas of Devagiri, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar kingdom, Bahmanis, Adil Shahis, Mysore kings, and more. Clear b/w photographs on coated paper.

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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2010, 12:52:09 AM »
Which of these references would give an over view of the economic history of Indian coins in the early modern period?

Not sure what you mean by "early modern period". Chalmers starts in 1542 but gets detailed only after 1758. I'll start a thread on the book on this board and include it in the bibliography.

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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2011, 04:43:48 AM »
Recent acquisitions:

The Coins of the Indian Sultanates by Goron and Goenka
Catalog of 3000+ types, most with translations & transliterations, cat #, photo, rarity estimate; bibliography, ruler index, mint index. 564 pp, hc, 9"x11.5"
(Personal remarks: Absolutely fantastic book, but the price tag---INR 3500---is quite steep in my view.)

Catalogue of the Coins in the Price of Wales Museum of Western India, Bombay: The Sultans of Gujarat compiled by C.R. Singhal (Edited by G.V. Acharya)
Standard, in-depth catalog, now superceded by Goron & Goenka.
(Personal remarks: Recommended, especially if you don't have The Coins of the Indian Sultanates. The plates are quite clear.)

Mint Towns of The Mughal Emperors of India compiled by C.R. Singhal (52 pp.)

Catalogue of the coins in the Indian Museum Calcutta including the cabinet of the Asiatic Society of Bengal Vol 4: Native States
Link: http://library.du.ac.in/dspace/handle/1/7088



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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2011, 04:14:32 PM »
I've got a couple of books to add

Catalogue of the coins in the Indian Museum, Calcutta (Vol. 1V, Native States, Oxford 1928 ,Red leather bindings

Catalogue of the coins in the Prince of Wales museum Bombay - Sultans of Gujarat 1935
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2011, 06:37:01 PM »
Another one just surfaced,
 Studies in Indian Coins D.C.Sircar,  first edition 1968.  Green hard covers
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« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2012, 10:45:28 AM »
Acquired two fantastic books this week:

Punch-marked Coins of Early Historic India by Dilip Rajgor   
Comprehensive catalog of 1288 types of pre-&-Mauryan punchmarks attributed to issuing states by hoard provenance. Includes rarity rating, symbol index, identification guide, and recent forgeries. 261p+16pl, 7.25x10, hardbound
(Personal remarks: Excellent book with clear illustrations. As for plates, almost all of the b/w photographs show details clearly.)

Where did you collect this book from? Available? Price? Please.

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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2012, 01:58:11 PM »
Where did you collect this book from? Available? Price? Please.
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I got it for around INR 900. Didn't need to use it as a reference even once, I'm afraid. I find myself using Gupta-Hardaker's book all the time. If you only plan to collect PMCs of the Magdha-Maurya series, I would suggest avaiding this one.