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The Coinage of Assam: Ahom Period (Volume II)

N.G. Rhodes (Author) S.K. Bose (Author)

By conducting micro-level die study of N.G. Rhodes and S.K. Bose have presented before the readers certain hitherto unknown traits of Ahom coins. It may be surprising to know that forged coins. It may be surprising to know that forged coins existed even during the Ahom period as has been elaborately dealt by the two scholars. Even today some unscrupulous persons resort to forgery of ahom coins to pass on as “genuine” for monetary gain and thereby create confusion in numismatic history. In their book N.R. Rhodes and S.K. Bose traveled a long way from Monetisation of Assam to Demonetisation by the British. The final blow of demonetisation came when the East India Company’s government asked Purandara Simha to pay 50,000 raj mohuree rupee annually without giviging him the authority to set up mint. It was to collect all old silver coins which the Company was in great need for the China trade. In their technical dissections of Ahom coins N.G. Rhodes and S.K. Bose are pioneers while in other aspects which have already bee trodden by earlier writers, they reveal freshness of their approach. These aspects taken together make the book highly readable and thought provoking to students of numismatic history. It will also certainly appeal to others who are interested in the study of Ahom coins. The fine illustrations of Ahom coins given towards the end add to its value in coin study.

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About the authors

N.G. Rhodes

Nicholas Rhodes was born in 1946 in London, UK. He has been interested in numismatics all his life, both as a student and a collector. He is at present a council member of The Royal Asiatic Society, London; Secretary General of the Oriental Numismatic Society and an active member of several other related organizations. He was also Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Numismatic Society for many years. He has now retired from full time work as an actuary in international reinsurance, in order to spend more time on his academic interests. He has written and lectured widely, both in India and the West, on the coinage of the Himalayas and North East India.

S.K. Bose

S.K. Bose was born in 1939 in Assam, India. While serving his employer, the State Bank of India, he was requested to conduct coin exhibitions at different centres, titled ‘Story of Money’. This re-ignited his childhood fascination for history, historical structures and antique collection which is time translated to a passion to study of coins from North East India. He is now associated with several organizations at the national level devoted to history and numismatics. He has to his credit more than fifty research papers and three books prior to this one.

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Title The Coinage of Assam: Ahom Period (Volume II)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190186744
length iv+139p., Plates; Figures; Tables; Maps; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.