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The Coinage of Assam: Ahom Period (Volume II)

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.



Foreword (first edition)
Preface to the Revised Edition
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Chapter 1     Historical Introduction
2     Numismatic History of Ahom Kings
3     The Monetisation of Assam
4     The Minting of Ahom Coins
5     Final Demonetisation of Ahom Coins
A. Catalogue of Ahom Coins
B. A Die Study of the Ahom Coins
C. Forgeries of Ahom Coins
D. The Inscriptions on the Ahom Coins/Chronicles
E. Notes on the Rarity and Value of Ahom Coins
F. Bibliography
G.  Trade and Commerce in Assam during Post – Mughal Period: Numismatic Evidence

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About the author

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)
Author S.K. Bose
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.12.2021
Edition 2nd. & Updated
Language: English
isbn 9789384101558
length iv+139p., Plates; Figures; Tables; Maps; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.