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Kushana Silver Coinage

B.N. Mukherjee (Author)
Synopsis The importance of the Kushana empire in the history of the orient is well-known. The gold and copper coins of the imperial Kushanas form one of the most varied and interesting series of oriental coinage. It is striking to note that though we know of a very large number of gold and copper coins of the Kushanas, silver pieces attributable to them are negligible in number. This problem merits investigation, since silver is known to have been one of the most widely used metals for minting coins in ancient period. The present monograph aims at that investigation. In fact, the first edition of this book was the first ever attempt at a comprehensive discussion on Kushana silver coinage. The first edition of the present monograph drew attention of the academic world to a number of unnoticed or little noticed facts. The first edition was very favourably reviewed in several journals in India and abroad. The academic world now considers the monograph as a significant addition to the Indian numismatic literature.
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About the author

B.N. Mukherjee

B.N. Mukherjee, formerly the Carmichael Professor of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta, and also an ex-National Fellow in History, is an internationally acclaimed authority on early Indian and Central Asian history and culture. He is connected with several academic bodies and has held responsible positions. He has published fifty books and contributed more than 750 articles in different learned journals in India and abroad. In 1983 he made a major breakthrough in palaeographical research by successfully deciphering the so-called Shell Script of ancient India. In 1989 he discovered a new variety of the Kharoshti script (Eastern Kharoshti) and also an early script consisting of Kharoshti and Brahmi letters, probably called in the Lalitavistara as Vimisrita-lipi (Mixed script). In 1992 he was honoured with the award of Padmashri by the Government of India in recognition of his outstanding expertise in numismatics. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquary (London), an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (London), an Honorary Life Member of the Hellenic Numismatic Society (Athens), an Honorary Fellow of Asiatic Society (Calcutta) and an Honorary Fellow of the International Centre for the Study of Bengal Art (Dhaka), Prof. Mukherjee has been honoured in India and abroad. He has traveled widely, delivering lectures and presiding over numerous seminars and conferences. He was the General President of the sixty first session of the Indian History Congress (2000-2001) and the eighth session of the All India Art History Congress (2003).

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Title Kushana Silver Coinage
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 2nd ed.
Publisher Indian Museum
Language: English
length 110p., Plates; Notes; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.