Looking forward to the additiional notes.
Peter, here goes...........
Mr Mahesh Kalra, the regional secretary of the ONS SA had requested that since the meeting was being held in Ahmedabad, he would like the speakers to talk on the coinage of Gujarat and thus we had four of us talk on the coins of the region.
The first Presentation was by Mr Prashant Kulkarni. His presentation was on the coins of the Western Kshrataps. He explained in details about the coins, the ways to distinguish between the coins of the cities, the urban areas and the rural areas and also, how coins had been the lead source in helping dig out the history of those times. As he mentioned, only six rulers of the dynasty are known from the rock edicts while another 32 odd have been known from coins only. Besides this, he mentioned that since the rulers mentioned their ansestor on the coin, putting to gather the linage and history was not too difficult. All in all, it was interesting even for a layman.
Next up was the presentation by Dr Dilip Rajgor on the Mughal coins of Gujarat. He showed how to classify the coins of the Imperial mints and differentiate them from copies minted by local rulers etc. He talked in details about the coinage of Jahangir and Nur Jahan, Shah Jahan etc. He presented a picture of a square area coin of Surat under Aurangzeb – a Mohur. Again, it was a very interesting talk.
Next in line was me. I talked about the coins of Chhota Udepur and Lunavada based on the coins published in our book
. Some interesting questions and answers led me on to some new thoughts on a few of these coins.
Next was Harun who brought up a topic on the Mughal coins of Anhilwara Pattan. A very very short lived mint – coins of just one emperor (Akbar) are known and that too for just two years – 984 & 985. He proved with coin images that there are, for both years, coins with different legends – the same legend / mint name used parallely on the coins in both years. He raised an important question – were they issues of two different mints? One normally does not come across two different names / legends used on coins of the same ruler for the same mint except if there was a change (like Bandar Mubarak Surat to Surat for Aurangzeb), where as there is in this case two different mant names Dar Shahr Naharwala Pattan & Shahr Pattan used on the coins in both years. His contention was that there were two different mints – one in the old town and one in the new town – both located a short distance from the other. A member from the audience suggested that there was evidence that the second mint was actually Patan in Saurashtra. Harun also raised a point about the name of the town - whether it is Patan / Pattan with soft t's / Pattan with hard t's. He also had mentioned that Pattan with soft t's in Persian denoted city like Machhlipattan / Chinnapattan etc. A member from the audience mentioned that the name Pattan denoted a port city which Anhilwara Pattan was not. So there it stood.......a matter subject to further research.
The last presentation was by Mr Mahesh Kalra on classification of Mughal mints.........