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Aspects of Ancient Indian Numismatics

Prashant Srivastava (Author)
Synopsis This is the first comprehensive study of the joint, commemorative, and victory coins of ancient India, which form a more important source of history than the normal issues. The Introduction discusses the nature and scope of tlie work. The hook is divided into three sections dealing with the Joint Issues, Commemorative Medallions, and Victory Medals. The first five chapters, forming Section I, deal with the joint issues of the Indo-Greeks, Scytho-Parthians, Kusanas, Gadaharas, Sakas, and Siladas, of the pre-Gupta period, and finally, of the Imperial Guptas, respectively. Section II is divided into four chapters dealing with the commemorative medallions of the Indo-Greeks, Kusanas; pre-Gupta period, and of the Imperial Guptas. respectively. An appendix to Chapter VI discusses the k Helios on Quadriga Type of Coin of Plato1. Chapter X comprising Section III, is concerned with the Victory Medals of ancient India, the 'Jihifh Bh<.i^n'(.it(~i Ptufnnifidhilena Coins' being discussed in an appendix to tills chapter. The various coin-types have been studied for their politico-cultural importance, and corroborative evidence in the form of literature, inscriptions, icons, and sculptures, etc. has freely been made use of. A detailed bibliography, an exhaustive index, and sixteen plates of photographic illustrations add to the merit of the work.
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About the author

Prashant Srivastava

Dr. Prashant Srivastava (BA Hons., MA, Ph.D, D.Litt), is Reader in ancient Indian History and Archaeology, University of Lucknow. His publications include Joint coin-types of Ancient India (published by the Numismatic Society of India 1990), aspects of Ancient Indian Numismatics (1996), coins of ancient India (1998), two dozen research papers, and a like number of popular articles on ancient Indian history. He has also written The Story of Early Indian Coins (1999) for children, and contributed 10 chapters in Select Battles in Indian History (2003) edited by Professors K.K. Thaplyal and S.N. Misra.

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Title Aspects of Ancient Indian Numismatics
Author Prashant Srivastava
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173200254
length xxxix+392p., Illustrations; Plates; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.