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Documenting Deccan Coinage
« on: November 25, 2017, 07:46:29 AM »

By Aprajita Vidyarthi, Pune Mirror | Updated: Nov 25, 2017, 09.03 AM IST

Deccan College professor catalogues more than 700 coins since the 6th century, funded by INTACH

The department of archaeology — in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) — has documented coins from different eras, with the help of a Deccan College professor. More than 700 coins made of different materials like copper, lead and silver have been photographed and documented in the research, conducted by Shahida Ansari, associate professor in epigraphy, palaeography and numismatics. Most of these coins were in the possession of the college, but this is the first time that they have been systematically catalogued.

Speaking to Mirror about the research, Ansari said, "This research can be treated as a dictionary for those who wish to study coins, since we have clearly documented the coins and put in coloured pictures of them. Also, the metal, shape, measurement, weight, thickness, obverse have been mentioned on the right side of the image, along with a remark mentioning its estimated age and dynasty. Generally, when such a catalogue is made, the attached pictures are not clear enough to understand the inscriptions on the coins."

The coins documented in the research are from the 6th Century BC onwards to the era of East India Company. The 741 coins from the Deccan College museum come from South India, Central India and Western India. These have been collected over the various excavations carried out by the Deccan College since its conception. The study was done for a period of two years, from 2015 to 2017, and was funded by INTACH, Delhi.

The research will be published as a monograph and will also come as a virtual display on the college website, so that it is accessible for all who hold interest in the subject. "While teaching my students about the coin, I realised that some of them were in dire need of conservation and if we would catalogue them, the study and documentation of these coins will be beneficial for the students," Ansari added.

Sushama Deo, head of the AIHC and archaeology department, felt that the study can work as a motivation for others as well, since not many people pursue this subject for study. "This documentation of the coins of various eras can turn out to be fruitful for students and researchers who wish to study coins, since they will get all the details at one place, something which they had to gather from various publications earlier," she said.

Source: Pune Mirror
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Re: Documenting Deccan Coinage
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2017, 10:52:32 AM »
Very nice initiative. Especially the effort to make the work available on-line also is to be applauded !

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Re: Documenting Deccan Coinage
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 09:37:12 PM »
This is exactly the sort of basic cataloguing of public collections that is necessary to support the efforts of other researchers. Other museums have published a catalogue of their holdings long ago and they are still being used. Clear colour pictures and extensive technical data will make a big difference we ought to be grateful for.

Now, I would like to see more systematic cataloguing based on these inventories, important private collections and deeper research. India and its numismatics deserve no less. Moreover, Indian history is connected to the history of other countries, so advances in Indian numismatics are of importance outside India also.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.