Coins of Ancient India from the Earliest Times...


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Author  Sir Alexander Cunningham
Publisher  Forgotten Books
Publication Date   July 9, 2012
Pages  146

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The present work treats of the Coins of Ancient India from the earliest times down to the end of the sixth century A.D. The well-known coins of the Satraps of Sur shtra and of the Gupta kings of Magadha are not included, as they have very recently been fully described in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, the former by Pandit Bhagw n Ll, and the latter by Mr. V. Smith. In a second volume I propose to deal with the Coins of Medieval India from a.d. 600 down to the Muhammadan conquest. This new volume will include (1) the, Rajahs of Kashmir; (2) the Sh4his of Gandh ra; (3) the Kulachuris of Chedi; (4) the Chandelas of Mahoba; (6) the Tomaras of Delhi; (6) the Choh ns of A jmer; with the later coins of (7) the Sisodiyas of Mew r; and (8) the Pundlrs of Kangra. Until very lately it was the popular belief tha:t the Indians were ignorant of the art of coinage until the time of A lexander. This popular error I refuted some twentyfive years ago, by quoting the statement of Q. Curtius that A lexander, on his arrival at Taxila, was presented by the Raja with 80 talents of coined silver (signati argenti). A similar error is still prevalent regarding Indian sculpture and architecture. Mr.
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