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Imperial punch-marked coins of ancient India: a case study of Sarai Dangri Hoard, Varanasi

Author : Sharma, Savita
Pages : xiv+238p., abb., several b&w pls., (9)tabs., bib., ind., 29cm.
Year : 2016
ISBN : 9788173055461, 8173055467
Publisher : Aryan Books International
Place : New Delhi
Binding : Hardcover
Price (Airmail) : US $70.50
About the book:

An earthen pot containing 333 ancient silver punch-marked coins was found in July 1997, from Sarai Dangri village, Varanasi while digging the foundation of a primary school building. These coins were handed over to Bharat Kala Bhavan, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi in 1998 by the District Magistrate of Varanasi. The study of these coins forms the subject matter of this volume. Coins in this board, classified as Imperial Karsapana, are datable to circa 4th century to 2nd century BCE, comprising seventy six varieties. The volume is divided into four parts: Part I commences with an explanatory introduction outlining the importance of this hoard. This also serves as a comprehensive backdrop of the present study; Part II covers classification and cataloguing. Here an attempt has been made to refer to most of the published material, and views, and reverse of each variety of tabulated form; Part III incorporates the observations on the present study and includes tables of the symbols in detail, as well as a brief description on extra-marks and half-coins; Part iv comprises appendices on weight and measures, note on fabrication, technique and chemical analysis based on some coins of the hoard, an EDS Report, dispersal of coins, list of hoards and a bibliography.
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