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Reading on Mughal coins
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:55:01 PM »
Starting to learn about Mughal mints and coins.

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Re: Reading on Mughal coins
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2014, 04:28:29 PM »
Thanks a lot Amit Ji! Starting to learn about Mughal mints and coins.


My suggestion start with silver (not with coppers which are confusing )

Moreover few rulers silver rupees are  straight and easy to identify main legends including mints.


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Re: Reading on Mughal coins
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2014, 04:44:43 AM »

My suggestion start with silver (not with coppers which are confusing )

Moreover few rulers silver rupees are  straight and easy to identify main legends including mints.


Cheers ;D

Thanks Ajay Ji! At this point, I am just educating myself! Haven't quite put together enough knowledge (or funds!) to start buying. Recently ordered Liddle's Akbar and Jahangir books. Any other books you recommend for Mughal coins? Any books that discuss Babur or Humayun issues?
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Re: Reading on Mughal coins
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2014, 05:31:21 AM »
Recently ordered Liddle's Akbar and Jahangir books. Any other books you recommend for Mughal coins? Any books that discuss Babur or Humayun issues?
If you have not paid for the Book on Jahangir Coins by Lidle - DONT.

In case you are seriously interested in studying (reading) the Mughal coins, the first book I would recomend is - The Couplets on Mughal Coins (something similar) by Manik Jain. It helps one understand and read the various couplets / legends on the Mughal Silver coins. For a biginer, the older vversion of the SAC if fine............

There is a nice book on Babur's coin by Rehman (if it is still available). I believe it is out of print. Nothing on Humayun.

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Re: Reading on Mughal coins
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2014, 05:56:43 AM »
Thanks Ajay Ji! At this point, I am just educating myself! Haven't quite put together enough knowledge (or funds!) to start buying. Recently ordered Liddle's Akbar and Jahangir books. Any other books you recommend for Mughal coins? Any books that discuss Babur or Humayun issues?

Dear Avik ,

I believe learning and gaining knowledge is a process until the life ends.

Few interesting and basic book are
1.Historical_Studies_In__Mughal_Numismatics Hodivalla
2.History of Aurangzib based on original sources Volume 1 & 2- Reign of Shah Jahan_ Jadunath Sarkar
3.Coinage and metrology of the sultans of Delhi - Wright, H. Nelson

All above are available in pdf ( so no worry of funds) , I was lucky to grab Hodivala hard copy recently.

Few advantages of facebook selling groups.
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Re: Reading on Mughal coins
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2014, 04:45:10 PM »
Thanks for the references! I shall try to find as many of them as possible.

If you have not paid for the Book on Jahangir Coins by Lidle - DONT.
Any particular reason?

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Re: Reading on Mughal coins
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2014, 12:16:13 PM »
The copper section has a lot of errors........ almost looks like he was dreaming / Hallucinating when he tried to read the mint names..... If you see some of the comments on the book, you will realise it. He lists over 70 mints for Jahangir in copper which had even Jan Lingen amazed...........

Amit

PS: I should not be running down such a renowned numismatist when I myself am unable to even read the coins but this one is scary. For Silvers it is OK.
 
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Re: Reading on Mughal coins
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2014, 07:57:49 PM »
The copper section has a lot of errors........ almost looks like he was dreaming / Hallucinating when he tried to read the mint names..... If you see some of the comments on the book, you will realise it. He lists over 70 mints for Jahangir in copper which had even Jan Lingen amazed...........

Amit

PS: I should not be running down such a renowned numismatist when I myself am unable to even read the coins but this one is scary. For Silvers it is OK.

Thanks Amit! I ordered the book ~2 weeks ago, but still haven't received it. After your advice, I may first wait to look at it in person, before committing to buy.
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Re: Reading on Mughal coins
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2014, 08:57:46 PM »
I received the book today (Coins of Janahgir, Andrew Liddle), and I see what Amit was talking about. Although I cannot testify to the technical accuracy of the book (Amit ji reports errors in the copper listings), these are my first impressions:

(1) The listings are not presented in the best possible way. The date range is specified, with the RY ranges. A complete listing of all the dates and corresponding RYs would have been the better approach.

(2) The illustrations are in color, which is good!

(3) However, the images themselves leave much to be desired. They look like they have been saved from ebay listings, and many of them are of low resolution or out of focus. Given the price of the book, one expects slightly better.

(4) The book also does not provide complete transcriptions or translations of the script on the coins.

(5) Nevertheless, this book is an advancement of the literature in the field of Mughal coins.

I strongly encourage others to post their feedback regarding the book, as it will help others like me who are looking to buy this book.
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Re: Reading on Mughal coins
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2014, 07:38:54 AM »
(Amit ji reports errors in the copper listings),.........
Well........ I know for sure that quite a few mints he has read do not exist and this is not my own conclusion. It is a conclusion drawn by many experts in the field of Mughal numismatics.........

As regards the other points mentioned, I would suggest Arthur & Tariq's book on Shah Alam I which is expected soon..........(to be followed shortly by Jahandar Shah & many others)

Amit

 
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