Overview for The Coins of India: The Mughal Emperors, Part VIII (M8)
This is the second book in our series of publications on the Coins of India. Like the earlier volume this work also presents a generational change in the method of recording. illustrating and presenting numismatic data on the coins. In the first book only the silver coins of Shah Alam I Bahadur were included but in this volume on Jahandar Shah, his coins in all three metais-good, silver and copper have been included. Pre-accession coinage of Azim-ush-Shan, who lost out the battle for succession to Jahandar is also included in the book.
The legends on the coins and couplets have been illustrated in full colour corfing. The separate sections of the coin inscriptions are clearly defined and colour coded by illustrating the individual coins - both obverse and reverse. This makes learning and understanding the calligraphic inscriptions on the coins very simple. Short histories of all the emperors and other coin issuers have been included.In this work more mint maps have been provided than in the previous volume. Changes in types and styles of the coins have been recorded carefully. The knowledge of the secrets heid in these inscriptions, i.e. dates, mint, ruler's name, etc., is unlocked for all and is very easy to follow.
The volume will be immense help to coin collectors, dealers, researchers, scholars, students of numismatics and South Asian History.
Mohammed Tariq Ansari (Author)
Mohammed Tariq Ansari is a Chartered Accountant and works for a Public Sector Undestaking. His main areas of interest are history and coinage of Delhi and Jaunpur Sultantes and the Mughals. At a young age he learned both Urdu and Arabic which helped him in reading and understanding the Persian script written over the coins. His knowledge of the script and a fine eye for detail has resulted in the innovative colour coded transliteration over the coins which was presented for the first time in the book on Shah Alam I Bahadur.
Arthur Needham (Author)
Arthur Needham retired with a corporate background. He is a former cricket player and an umpire. He has had an intense long-term interest in Indian numismatics, history and the Persian language. His idea to provide illustrated guides to the Sultanate and Mughal coinage to the coin collectors took the practical shape in the form of the first volume in the series The Coins of India Part vll (M7), Silver Coins in the name of Shah Alam I Bahadur.
He has also spent considerable time inversting the use of XRF technology in the study of the alloys of the Indian Coins.