Indian Numismatics: Its Bearing on History, Culture, Art and Iconography
Devendra Handa
  • ISBN : 9788173056659
  • year : 2022
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
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The present volume contains 31 essays which have significant bearing on history, culture, art, architecture, religion, iconography, language, orthography, palaeography, geography, metallurgy, coin-technology, movement of peoples, migration of motifs, etc. The first paper deals with the much debated crested figure of punch-marked and Ujjain coins which has variously been identified with different deities by scholars. Fresh clinching evidence has been presented to identify the figure properly. Vatasvaka coins found from the Taxila region have been debated for long but a new piece illustrated here establishes it to be a place-name. Many new types and varieties of copper and lead coins bearing the Brahmi legend Kadasa have been discussed and illustrated together with the species belonging to Sujyeshtha, Gomitra and Vishnumitra, all from Sugh in Haryana. An up-to-date data of Pratishthana coins has been presented. Coins of Gomitra of Mathura reveal the earliest appearance of nimbus and a new technique of making coins. For the first time eight different versions of legends on the silver Kuninda coins have been presented. Coins of the Trigartas have been revisited illustrating newer varieties, some found from Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. Orthographic peculiarities of Yaudheya and other coins betray scriptural bearing on pronunciation of certain sounds. An exhaustive treatment of coins from Maheshwar with many new varieties of city-state specie forms the subject of another paper. Coins of the city-states of Hathodaka and Kuraghara/Kuraraya have been discussed with their possible significance and newer identification of the location of the former. Many new coins and seals/sealings like those of Magha, Sivaghoshaka, Bhavaraja, Dhavalapa, Sarangapanideva, Sura-Varmmana, Vijayamitra, etc. from different places and belonging to different dynasties have a great bearing on their history and chronology. A new epithet of Rajamatya has been deciphered on some sealings. Coins from Kashmir show lion as Siva’s vehicle instead of Nandi. Corroborative literary evidence has been searched and cited. New and interesting evidence regarding the Aulikaras and their associates has been discussed for the first time. The work is adequately illustrated with some latest finds. Contents: Preface Transliteration Table Abbreviations List of Illustrations I. Identification of the Crested Figure of Punch-marked and Ujjain Coins II. Vatasvaka Coins III. Kada Coins IV. Coins of Sujyeshtha V. Lead Coins of Gomitra and Vishnumitra VI. Coins of Pratishthana VII. Two Interesting Coins of King Gomitra of Mathura VIII. Legends on Kuninda Silver Coins: Numismatic Evidence of the Transition from Prakrit to Sanskrit IX. Revisiting Trigarta Coins X. Orthographical Peculiarities of Yaudheya and Some Other Tribal Coins XI. Coins from Maheshwar XII. Coins of the City State of Hathodaka XIII. Coins of Kurara(ya) and Kuraghara XIV. Alleged Coin of Brahmana-nagara-sthana XV. Early Indian Lead Coins XVI. The Bull on Indian Coins XVII. Panchala Coins: Sovereigns, Symbols and Significance XVIII. Some Interesting Ayodhya Coins XIX. Some Observations on the Square Copper Coins of Ayodhya XX. A New Type Coin of Sivaghoshaka XXI. Social Mobility and the Migration of a Numismatic Motif XXII. Coins of King Magha XXIII. Seals and Sealings from Haryana XXIV. An Interesting Gupta Clay Sealing from Kausambi XXV. The Aulikaras and Their Associates: Recent Numismatic Evidence XXVI. Lion as the Vehicle of Siva on Kashmir Coins XXVII. Interesting Clay Sealings of Bhavaraja XXVIII. Two Interesting Sealings of Rajamatyas XXIX. A Copper Seal of Dhavalapa XXX. A Unique Gold Coin of King Sura-Varmmana–I of Kashmir XXXI. A Diminutive Silver Coin of Sarangapanideva Bibliography Index About the Author Devendra Handa is well-known to numismatists and art historians. He is the recipient of various medals, grants, fellowships and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Haryana Institute of Fine Arts honoured him with Karmayogi Samman in 2011-12. He presided over some Conferences and Annual Sessions of some academic bodies, attended national and international conferences and delivered lectures in various universities, museums and research institutes. He has contributed articles, research papers, notes, etc. to various national and international journals; felicitation and commemoration volumes; to the multi-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism of the Indian Heritage Research Foundation and some chapters to the eleven-volume series ‘A History of Ancient India’ being published by the Vivekananda International Foundation and Aryan Books International. Presently he is the Chief Editor of the Numismatic Digest. He has authored more than a dozen books and edited an equal number of volumes, some jointly with others. His books published earlier by Aryan Books International include Jaina Bronzes From Hansi (2002); An Epic Pilgrimage: History and Antiquity of Pehowa — Ancient Prithudaka (2004); Sculptures From Haryana: Iconography & Style (2006); Tribal Coins of Ancient India (2007); Sculptures from Punjab (2011); Facets of Art, Iconography and Numismatics (2021) and Chitresvara-Siva Type Coins: Classification and Attribution (2022).