Exhibition displays rare coins from the Maratha dynasty
TNN | Jan 7, 2017, 11.22 PM IST
NASHIK: Teachers often struggle to make history interesting, but being surrounded by coins that are over 300 years-old make almost anyone a history buff.
Rare Fair Exhibition has become a beloved fixture in Nashik's annual calander. The three-day exhibition and trade fair of coins, bank notes, stamps and rare items is underway at Chopda Lawns. This time the exhibition has been principally dedicated to the coins of Maratha dynasty starting from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Vijay Hiran, a coin collector from Nashik has presented this collection and valuable information about the Maratha coins at the exhibition venue. "'Shivrai' was the official currency launched by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the time of his coronation ceremony in 1674. There are more than 150 different types of this coin are available. In numismatics, these coins are known as 'crude coins'. We have hundreds of 'Shivrai' coins at display here," said Hiran.
After Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Maratha reign was divided into two thrones - first at Satara and other at Kolhapur. The exhibition has coins minted during the reign of Chhatrapati Shahu, Rajaram, Raja Shambhu and Shivaji IV - the inheritors of both these thrones. Coins during Peshwa domination period, coins of Maratha rulers of Indore, Gwalior, Baroda, Devas, Katak, are also on display.
"It was a period in history when Marathas ruled from Lahore up to Thanjavur. There were different types of coins in use. We have tried to provide as much detail as we can about these coins," said Rajesh Junnare, secretary of the organizing Committee.
The exhibition is frree and open to all from 10 am to 7 pm daily until January 8.
Source: Times of India