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Encyclopedia of Indian Coins (In 2 Volumes)

Prashant Srivastava (Author)

Coins form an important source of the history of ancient India; in fact, for certain periods, like those of the Indo-Greeks, the Saka-Pahlavas, and the Western Kshatrapas, monetary issues are almost the only source of our information. In the preface of his magnum opus, The Indo-Greeks, A K Narain very aptly remarks, ' For certain periods of Indian history the historian has toi be a numismatist'.

Several years back, the Numismatic Society of Indian launched an ambitious scheme of publishing corpuses of Indian coins, from the earliest times to the modern period, in ten volumes IV, that is A S Alterkar's The Coinage of the Gupta Empire (Varanasi, 1957), saw the light of day. A N Lahiri, in his individual capacity, published a Corpus of Indo-Greek Coins (Calcutta, 1965), Tribal coins were dealt with, first by K K Dasgupta, in his A Tribal History of Ancient India: A Numismatic Approach (Calcutta 1974) and, recently, by Devendra Handa, in Tribal Coins of Ancient India (New Delhi, 2007). R C Senior Produced the masterly work, Indo-Scythian Coins and History ( Lancaster, Pennsylvania, London 2001), in three volumes. However, a concise A-Z encyclopaedia of the coins of ancient Indian remains a desideratum. Hence, the present Encyclopaedia of Indian Coins.

An introduction, in the beginnings, deals with such aspects of ancient Indian numismatics, as the origin and antiquity of coinage in India, and the authority to issue coins. This is followed by A-Z encyclopaedia itself. An Appendix, 'More About Some Issuers and Devices', and a Select Bibliography are given the end.

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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 Encyclopedia of Indian Coins (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173201189
length xi+573p., Illustrations; 29cm.