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Currencies of Hind

Every layer of history has brought with it remnants and “metadata” defining our understanding of lost cultures. Currency is one such element in a group of artifacts from daily life, that shed light on these past cultures. Being more than just an instrument of trade, currency adorns important people, insignia, creatures, relics and handiwork of the time.

This gallery is the first of the series that will highlight the various currencies of Hind.

Coin 1 Details

Culture: Indian
Title: Mohur of Shah Jahangir with his Portrait
Date: AH 1020 (1611 CE)
Material: gold
Measurements: 2.4 cm diameter
Style Period: Mughal
Description Inscription: in Arabic, translated: A likeness of Jahangir Shah, son of Akbar Shah, in the year six of his reign.
Repository: British Museum, London, United Kingdom

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Coin 2 Details

Culture: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Title: Coin of Kanishka obverse
Date: ca. 130
Location: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Material: Gold
Measurements: Diam. 9/16 in. (1.4 cm)
Repository: The Metropolitan Museum of Arthttp://www.metmuseum.org
Collection; Metropolitan Museum of Art – Images for Academic Publishing
ID Number: 6376
Source Data From: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Credits: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, 1898 (99.35.3024)

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Coin 3 Details

Culture Scythian
Title Tetradrachm of Azes I
Date: 57-10 BCE
Material: silver
Description: from Gandhara and Taxila, now northwestern Pakistan
Repository: British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Collection: Art, Archaeology and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives)
ID Number: 30-01-08/43
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Coin 4 Details

Culture: Indian (British India)
Title: Rare nazarana rupee for the fiftieth anniversary of the reign of Rangbir Singh
Work Type: Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects and Interior Designcoins, numismatics
Location: Punjab, Jhind
Description: Date of photograph: 1996 Set 152, The Robbins Collection of The Indian Princely States: Coins, Medals, Numismatic Items, Military & Court Paraphernalia, Paper Ephemera, and Maps
Repository: Kenneth Robbins Collection
Collection: American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) Collection (University of Michigan)
ID Number: 15251

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Coin 5 Details

Culture: Indian (British India)
Title: Silver rupee in name of the dead Afghan ruler Mahmud Shah Durrani
Date: 1843
Location: Pakistan, Khairpur
Description: Khairpur had ceased paying tribute to Afghanistan in 1813. At the time this coin was issued, the state was under British occupation. Note the whimsical British lion in the design.Date of photograph: 1989 Set 152, The Robbins Collection of The Indian Princely States: Coins, Medals, Numismatic Items, Military & Court Paraphernalia, Paper Ephemera, and Maps
Repository: Kenneth Robbins Collection
Collection: American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) Collection (University of Michigan)
ID Number: 15254


Source Data from: The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA)http://www.umich.edu/~hartspc/acsaa/index.html
RightsPhoto: © Robbins