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Ancient Artifact Smuggling now “impossible” in Egypt

August 19, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Indian Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By:  Ancient Coin Collecting

A Cairo Post article of June 21, 2015 just came to our attention and seemed worthy of sharing.  The piece, titled “Antique coins      smuggling attempt foiled by Cairo airport authorities” heralds the arrest of an Italian passenger bound for London.  The “foiled       attempt” was confirmed to Cairo Post by Cairo airport security director Major general Ayman Abdel Fatah.  Five coins identified as “antique” Egyptian artifacts were reportedly confiscated… Full article at the source>

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Decade on, coins to go public – Numismatists to study Nabarangpur treasure

May 12, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Indian Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, World Coins

By: Namita Panda. May 11th, 2014 (

Bhubaneswar, May 11: Ancient coins unearthed a decade earlier in Nabarangpur district will be displayed at the State Museum and also be researched upon by numismatists and epigraphists.

The rare coins, which are now in the safe custody of the Nabarangpur district treasury, will shortly be supplied to the State Museum for detailed study, said sources at the state culture department.

In 2003-04, villagers discovered the rare coins near Kosagumuda in the district when present state tourism and culture secretary Arabinda Padhee was the collector there.

“The collection that was unearthed by chance by the local residents included unique silver and gold coins that were clearly ancient,” reminisced Padhee.

“The coins have a few Persian symbols and emblems of a spider and other images that were most likely propagated on coins during the Mughal era, may be under Akbar’s reign,” he said.

The villagers, following local traditions, considered it a bad omen to find coins under the soil and were hence worried. “They believed that to reverse the negative energy of the coins, a small shrine had to be built. I asked them to hand over the coins to the district treasury and in return ensured that the local administration helped the villagers build the shrine. Ever since, the coins were safely kept in the treasury,” said Padhee.

Last week, he requested the superintendent of the State Museum to collect the coins from the district collector of Nabarangpur so they are studied by experts and also displayed at both the district and state museums.

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Rare Tipu coins to be auctioned this weekend

February 20, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Collecting, History, Indian Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Special Correspondent. February 19, 2014  (

Extremely rare and unique silver coins issued by Tipu Sultan will come under the hammer in Bangalore this weekend as a Silver Double Coin, also called as “Haidari”, and a half Anna, have been put on the block by a Delhi-based collector.

These two coins are among many other rare coins from the collectors’ kitty that will be auctioned during the three-day National Numismatic Exhibition, organised by the Bangalore-based auction house Marudhar Arts, starting from Friday.

The “Haidari”, which weighs 23 grams, according to Rajendra Maru of the auction house, has come for auction in India for the first time in several decades. “The last time we heard about the coin was some years back when a fake Haidari was in circulation. There are less than 100 such coins known to be with collectors,” he added. It is being auctioned with a base price of Rs. 1.5 lakh.

The Haidari was issued on March 16, 1790 by Tipu Sultan in honour of his father Hyder Ali. The coin minted in Srirangapatna was equivalent to 32 copper coins. The other coin issued by Tipu Sultan is an extremely rare half Anna silver coin issued in 1785 that weighs just half a gram and is 7.33 mm in size.

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Ancient Currencies, Stamps Take Students into the Past

February 15, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coin Shows, Coins, Education, History, Indian Coins, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, World Coins

By J Shanmugha Sundaram – VELLORE 15th February 2014 (

An array of rare coins, currencies and stamps displayed at the fifth annual exposition of the Vellore Numismatic and Philatelic Association (VNPA) held at the Town Hall here on Friday has drawn a large number of students from several institutions, and also members of the public. The three-day expo has laid a platform for curious visitors and students to have a glimpse of the coins minted centuries ago.

Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, coins, tokens, stamps and other related objects.

Nearly 10 numismatists exhibited their collection  among which were the punch-marked coins developed during the early Coinage of India dating back to 1,200 BC; and coins minted by the Madurai Nayakas, Tanjor Nayakas, Arcot Nawab, Gingee Nayakas, Tanjore Maratha, Tipu Sultan, Madras Presidency and Bombay Presidency.

“It was astonishing to take notice of the vast collection minted in ancient India, a period before our great grandparents were even born,” said a student from Voorhees School.

A group of students from the school shared the same view. They said that the show had kindled their interest in numismatics.

“I really got fascinated to lay hands on the world’s first silk stamp released by Thailand,” said another student.

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