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It’s all on the metal

April 8, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: GEETA PADMANABHAN April 8th, 2014 (http://www.thehindu.com)

Coin collectors from Chennai talk about how their hobby connects them to people and civilisations

Raman Sankaran

Sit with Raman Sankaran for a spell-binding account of India’s coin history. “It is a 2,300-year-old saga,” he begins, and points out how our habit of throwing coins into rivers made riverbeds fertile land for coin harvests. “Archaeologists have excavated only a few Sangam Age coins, but found a huge quantity in river-beds.” He tells you how natural stones were polished and embellished to enhance their exchange value, how when Romans bought them off, silver was shaped into coins, group symbols punched on them gave birth to “punch-marked” coins. Copper came on the scene when silver went into short supply; coins were square-shaped with the popular animal elephant embossed on one side.

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