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Technical Advices

Welcome to the home of articles, narratives and papers from the Inumismatics team.

THE GRADING OF HAND STRUCK COINS

A narrative on the grading of hand struck coins and advice on what coins should be purchased. It develops a theory for the grading of hand struck coins that offers a new perspective for astute coin purchasers.

A MINT IN MUGHAL TIMES

A narrative discussing in great detail the set up and operation of a coin mint during Mughal times although the broad procedures remain practically unchanged for centuries. Gives a clear insight into the technologies of the time.

METROLOGY OF HAND STRUCK COINS

An advice on the methodology to be intorduced in our works and books on how to describe the actual denominations in hand struck coinage. It introduces the theory of UNITS by metal type rather than common names that can be confusing. Work was completed in conjunction with researcher Mukesh Sharma

METHODS OF WRITING SHAH ALAM I (BAHADUR)

Drawn for the unique colour coding illustrations from our innovative book on the silver coins of Shah Alam I Bahadur this narratives clearing shows the different methods used to inscribe the dies for the coins of this ruler.

A MAP OF THE MINTS OF SHAH ALAM I BAHADUR

An illustration from our book on Shah Alam I showing the locations of the mints.

OPIUM MONEY

An wonderful long paper by the great independent researcher Barry Tabor. It discusses the copper coinage issued in various parts of India that is best described as "unofficial".  A seminal paper that has been recently used as the basis for other work without reference.

AN EARLY MEDIEVAL MINT SITE

A short paper by renown archaeologist Dr Vivek Dangi describing the hurried excavations of the site of a mint at the village of Asthal Bohar Majra. The article with photographs shows the excavation being rapidly encroached on by the expanding village. It also shows some coin moulds that seem to match the coins that were also struck in the same vicinty at the same time. Highly interesting paper.

A FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPT: COINS AND MONEY IN THE ORDERLY INDIAN VILLAGE/TOWN MARKET PLACE

This presentation includes two new themes and a number of old presentation s in one pdf. The Fundamental Concept paper brings to life the reality that money and coins and normal trade in the greater sub continent was tightly controlled by law and system and not the uncontrolled institution often spoken about by British authors during colonial times. It also introduces the new theme of Akbar Copper Coin study.

'URDU ZAFAR QARIN' RUPEES OF AKBAR: SOME MISCONCEPTIONS.

A presentation by researcher Amit Mehta from Ahmedabad discussing various aspects of the rupee issues of Akbar I from the mint Urdu Zafir Qarin including a discussion on the meaning of the name of the mint. .

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