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Kusana Coins and History

Parmeshwari L. Gupta (Author) Sarojini Kulashreshtha (Author)
Synopsis The scion of a Central Asia's nomadic tribe, (called Yueh-chi), Kusanas descended upon the plains of northern India--sometime around the first century after Christ. And gradually built a great, vastly extensive empire in the Yamuno-Gangetic region. But owing to a marked deficiency of indigenous literary sources, Kusana history has continued to be the sport of conjecture. Or, for the last 200 years or so, an area of chroniclers' debate, involving scholars: both Indian and European. A numismatist of international renown, Dr. P.L. Gupta examines myriad coins of the Kusanas, including some of the very recent finds, to convincingly resolve the chronological puzzles of these Indo-Scythian kings: from their very rise in mid-2nd century A.D. to their final extinction in circa 370 A.D. Corroborating the conclusions of his lifetime research on coins, with inscriptional material, he elicits fresh evidence on various important aspects of Kusana history: ranging from span of their era to the domains of their political authority. "Barring the inclusion of two papers, written by Dr. Sarojini Kulashreshtha, this volume is an exquisite presentation of Dr. Gupta's writings on numismatics and related historical aspects. Now offered with highly representative visual material, extensive bibliographic references, and an elaborate introduction, these papers, when pieced together, evolve a stimulating framework for the scholars working on Kusana history.
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About the authors

Parmeshwari L. Gupta

Dr. Parmeshwari Lal Gupta was a distinguished numismatist, with international recognition. And, this besides, an educationist, a social reformer, a journalist, a museologist, a litterateur, and a tireless researcher – all rolled into one: into his one versatile personality. Also an Honorary Fellow of Numismatic Society of India (Elected 1974), Honorary Member of International Numismatic Commission (Elected 1986), and Honorary Fellow of Royal Numismatic Society, London (Elected 1975), royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, and Asiatic Society of Bombay (both elected in 1993), he had chaired History/Archaeology/Fine Arts/Numismatics sections of various national and international conferences. Dr. Gupta was a prolific writer too, credited with the authorship of over 30 books and 250 research papers on diverse themes from his several specialized disciplines. Among his several specialized disciplines. Among his other achievements, he was the recipient of many prestigious awards/honours, including Huntington Medal, Lhotka Memorial Prize, Royal Numismatic Society’s Medal, and Sir J. Sarkar Gold Medal.

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Sarojini Kulashreshtha

Dr. Sarojini Kulashreshtha, an educationist, is a renowned Hindi poetess and story writer having several collections to her credit. She is also Sahitya-Mahopadhyaya of Hindi Sahitya Sammelan. Besides, being the resident of Mathura, she is deeply interested in the ancient history of Mathura, particularly of the Kusanas and occasionally contributes articles/research papers related to them.

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Bibliographic information

Title Kusana Coins and History
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition Reprint
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124600171
length 218p., Plates; References; BibIiography; Index; 23cm.