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Coins of Ahom Kingdom

Anup Mitra (Author)
Synopsis Coins help reconstruction of history in many ways. It gives authentic records of the status and chronology of the rulers with names, title, date and some knowledge of extent of dominion. The weight standard and purity of metal speak about the economic condition of the state. The technological progress can be assessed through the skill and craftsmanship of the metal workers. The status of art and culture is reflected through these miniature pieces of art. The legend on the coin indicates the language, script and religion patronised by the ruler. Apart from political history close examination of a coinage may paint a picture of the socio-economic condition of the state at different points of time. While looking back at the glorious past of the Indian independent states in the pre-British era, i.e., in the late mediaeval period, the Ahom Kingdom must demand special attention. These rulers were able to maintain their sovereignty for quite a long period continuously except for some short durations although their military power and other available resources were much less than those of contemporary Mughal Emperors at Delhi and Bengal Sultans almost at their door step.
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About the author

Anup Mitra

Born at Calcutta on 10th January, 1947, Anup Mitra had his schooling at Ramakrishna Mission School, Narendrapur. As an engineer and chartered valuer, he worked with different engineering organisations. He was the special officer of the Calcutta Museum, Town Hall. Now, Mr. Mitra, as the chief of Information and Public Relations of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation, is involved in various cultural activities. He is also the chief editor of ‘Kolkata Purashree’, a house magazine of the civic body of Calcutta. Mr. Mitra, a renowned numismatist, started collecting coins in early 1989’s. His specific interest is in North East Indian coins. Published papers regularly in different Numismatic Journals of the country. His collection in many numismatic exhibitions held at Calcutta has been widely appreciated.

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Bibliographic information

Title Coins of Ahom Kingdom
Author Anup Mitra
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Mahua Mitra
Language: English
length iv+132p., Figures; Plates; Maps; Appendices; Bibliography; 26cm.