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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #30 on: November 18, 2012, 06:41:28 AM »
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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #31 on: January 01, 2015, 06:09:50 AM »
Recent and not-so-recent additions:

A Catalogue of the Greek and Indo-Greek Coins in the Department by TP Verma (Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology, Banaras Hindu University, First edition, 1983), 36 pages
More of a collectible than a useful reference. No plates.

A Study of Holkar State Coinage by PK Sethi, SK Bhatt, and R Holkar
The Coinage of Native States of Central India by SK Bhatt

Quite useful, with clear plates

South Asian Coins and Paper Money Indian Edition (Krause Publications in association with Marudhar Arts) (2013)
Fun Fact: When a 1/2 Dam of Elichpur mint is turned upside down, it becomes a Paisa of Jahangirnagar mint. ::) (Entries 341.2 and A341.2 on p. 96)

The Coins of the Sikhs by Hans Herrli
The best book for this series.

Punchmarked Coinage of the Indian Subcontinent: Magadha-Mauryan Series Revised Edition by PL Gupta and TR Hardekar (IIRNS, 2014)
A very useful revised edition of this o/p book. Standard reference for this series.

Coins of Jahangir: Creations of a Numismatist by Andrew V Liddle
Disappointing to a copper-collector because of the large number of hard-to-digest attributions. I haven't found myself going back to this even once, which is kind of sad as I was really looking forward to this book. :( The bright side is that I have the author-signed first edition, which I received at a substantial discount, thanks to Tariq.

Oriental Coins and their Values: The Ancient and Classical World 600 BC-AD 650 (in two parts) by Michael Mitchiner
I had been looking for this for a long time. Very useful and I find myself using it a lot.

The Silver Coinage of the Western Satraps in India (50-400 AD): Catalogue and Rarity Guide by AM Fishman
One of the best (if not "the" best) and most useful numismatic titles released last year (see THCoin's post on this board for a review). I don't find myself using anything else for Western Satraps. The only downer is the steep price.

Indo-Greek Rulers and their Coins by D. Raja Reddy
The less I write about this, the better. It's shorter than the introduction sections of some of the books. I can't figure out why something so sparsely illustrated was printed entirely on art paper. Thankfully, the copy I picked up from Amazon India was heavily discounted. :P

The Ancient Avanti and Its Coinage by SK Bhatt
Another title for which art paper could have been avoided and the money saved spent on adding one or two additional formes to illustrate the coins properly. The plates are very cramped and mostly too poor to make out any details.

A Catalogue of the coins of Katoch Rulers of Kangra by Amal Kumar Jha and Sanjay Garg
The best reference for this series, which isn't very "popular"

The Uniform Coinage of India 1835 to 1947: A Catalogue and Pricelist by Paul Stevens and Randy Weir
I hardly ever pick up a BI coin, so have't used this one (or Pridmore). Had to get this before it became o/p and the prices skyrocketed. :-P

Catalogue of Coins In the Panjab Museum, Lahore Volume 1 Indo-Greek Coins
Excellent-quality reprint by Hardpress (Classic Series). The plates are surprisingly clear.

Money of the People: Some Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Tokens of India by Roma Niyogi
Ramtankas: Hindu Religious Tokens illustrating themes from Ramayana by Michael Mitchiner
Very useful titles on temple tokens.

Coinage of Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan: A Typological Study by Danish Moin
Useful little book with clear plates

Coinage in Ancient India: Volumes I and II by Svami Satya Prakash Sarasvati and Rajendra Singh
It's about metal testing or something. Sadly, my brain doesn't stand pages after pages of dry, academic material. I hope I manage to read it some day!

Encyclopaedia of Indian Coins (Ancient coins of Northern India, up to circa 650 AD) (in two volumes
by Prashant Srivastava
The entries are listed in A-Z encyclopedia format. Rather sparsely illustrated. Useful for picking up from time to time and reading a random entry for fun. With Google/Wikipedia the tradition use is probably obsolete.

Tribal Coins of Ancient India by Devendra Handa
A quality publication. Most of the photographs, however, are too poor to see any details. It is surprising how many publications suffer from this malady. The best book I have ever seen in this regard is Aman ur Rahman's "Zahir-uddin Muhammad Babur: A numismatic study". It is worth picking up for the quality of photographs alone, even if you will not collect a single coin of Babur (which are quite expensive anyway). Sadly, like so many great titles in this field, it is out of print.

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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #32 on: January 01, 2015, 11:19:34 AM »
I recently got The Coins of the Sikhs by Hans Herrli but was a bit disappointed, the illustrations of coins are hand drawn in the similar style of Valentine but a number of the Sikh coins in Valentines book are omitted because the auther did not consider them to belong under the Sikhs.
This includes some coins of Dera & Derajat although such coins continue to be listed under the Sikhs elsewhere inc on Zeno.
 I have 2 examples of another type which although listed in Valentine are totally omitted in this book, see here
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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #33 on: March 30, 2015, 04:56:44 PM »
The bible for Portuguese India Coinage-

 Moedas Portuguesa by Alberto Gomes


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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2017, 10:20:26 AM »
The Early coins from Kerala,Parameswari Lal Gupta,  published by the government of Kerala -1965

 this is quite interesting with lots of diagrams of symbols, details of hoards etc. unfortunately the 10 plates are very poor and made worse by the fact that the background is very dark, it reminded me of the results we got from a hand turned duplicator back in the 1950's
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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #35 on: December 18, 2017, 11:58:42 AM »
Dont see the following there:
1) Coins of the Sindhias By Jan Lingen
2) Marwar - ...... By Jan Lingen (on the coinage of Jodhpur)
3) The coins of the Mughal Emperor - Shah Alam I Bahadur by Arthur Needham & Tariq Ansari
4) The coins of the Mughal Emperor - Jahandar Shah by Arthur Needham & Tariq Ansari
5) The book on the coins of the eastern states (Assam, Tripura etc) by Noman Nasir and some others
6) The coins of the Reve Kantha States - Chhota Udepur, Deogadh Baria, Lunavafda and Sunth by Sameer Panchal, Amit Mehta & Vinay Vadke
7) Shah Jahan - by Andrew Liddle
8) Barur's coins
9) Akbar, A connoisure's choice by Andrew Liddle
10) Sultanate coins of India - by Goron & Goenka

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PS: I do not have the books at hand and would appreciate any help in correcting the name of the references.

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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #36 on: December 18, 2017, 12:46:57 PM »
I did a revue of Goron & Goenka,The coins of the Indian Sultanates in 2012 but it's part of a thread in the main index so I'll add it here under Indian sub-continent bibliography as well as leaving it in the main Bibliography index

Unlike KM catalogues this book also gives detailed descriptions of the various dynasties & rulers along with translations of inscriptions on the coins.
Some of the photo's are a little dark but in general are more than acceptable. Trying to identify a coin using the book is not quite so easy unless you have a basic idea of where to look or have some basic skills in reading Islamic writing, the alternative is to laboriously go page by page hoping to find something similar & then giving up & posting it on WoC for those more skilled at reading the legend  :D

Unlike KM catalogues the book doesn't give valuations, I think this is a good thing as they are so misleading & rapidly outdated anyway, instead we get rarity estimates ranging from CC-very common  to  RRR - highest rarity & possibly unique, unlike valuations this is unlikely ever to change unless a new hoard is discovered with a pot full of previously unique coins.

All in all a very good book if your interest lies in the coins of the Sultanates


EDIT: Since the original publication of the book a lot of new types, varieties or unlisted dates have come to light, also some coins listed as rare appear to be more numerous than the book suggests and vice versa as some coins listed as common have so far eluded me!
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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #37 on: December 18, 2017, 01:02:06 PM »
EDIT: Since the original publication of the book a lot of new types, varieties or unlisted dates have come to light, also some coins listed as rare appear to be more numerous than the book suggests and vice versa as some coins listed as common have so far eluded me!
I have some information that parts of the book are undergoing a major overhaul and this book may be published as multiple volumes in the future.

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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #38 on: December 18, 2017, 02:42:50 PM »
I have some information that parts of the book are undergoing a major overhaul and this book may be published as multiple volumes in the future.

Amit

I'm not sure if Stan Goron would be involved in that as only last year he mentioned an update would not be likely to happen
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Re: Indian sub-continent bibliography
« Reply #39 on: December 18, 2017, 02:55:05 PM »
I'm not sure if Stan Goron would be involved in that as only last year he mentioned an update would not be likely to happen
Probably Dr. Paul Stevens had had a presentation on this matter on the last ONS council.