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Worth the money

delhi Updated: Oct 22, 2010 23:20 IST
Isha Manchanda
Isha Manchanda
Hindustan Times
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They say all serious collectors start with coins. For the numismatic in Delhi, this weekend brings a rare treasure to town. Mumbai based Todywalla Auctions are organising their 48th Auction of Coins, Banknotes & Medals in the city today.

The auction offers over 220 different items from the beginning of Indian coinage, from a silver punched mark coin about 2,400 years old from the Shakya Janapada to 1,700 year old gold coins from the Gupta and the Kushana empires. The auction will also include rare collectibles like silver coins of Akbar and Jahangir’s times, gold coins from Mughal Emperors Jahandar Shah and Farukhsiyar’s reigns and rare gold and silver coins from native states such as Hyderabad, Nabha, Kishangarh, Maler Kotla etc.

Also included in the sale are different gold mohurs and silver rupees from the British Raj from Queen Victoria to King George VI. The R15 gold coin from the King George V era is estimated to sell for over a lac and weighs eight grams, which the same as the time’s British gold one pound sovereign.

In addition to rare Mughal gold and silver coins, also going under the hammer are some bank notes like a 1920’s George V R10, late 1930’s George VI R10 banknote and other R5 and R1 notes from the same period.

October 23, 6 pm onwards, at Bhaiveer Singh Sahaitya Sadan, Bhaiveer Singh Marg, Gol Market