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Coins dating back to 500 BC to be exhibited in Pune

Coinex 2017, will be showcasing various types of coins dating back to 500 BC and the Gupta empire till 2017 in gold, silver, copper, lead and even platinum

pune Updated: Dec 13, 2017 15:46 IST
Ananya Barua
A view of some of the rare coins on display from the period 1556-1605 and 350-375 AD. Coinex 2017, to be held from December 15 to December 17.
A view of some of the rare coins on display from the period 1556-1605 and 350-375 AD. Coinex 2017, to be held from December 15 to December 17. (HT PHOTO)

City-based 51-year-old philatelist Sharad Bora boasts of a collection of over 1,200 Mahatma Gandhi stamps from across 125 countries.

He also has a record in the Limca book of records and will be exhibiting some of these stamps at Coinex 2017, to be held from December 15 to 17.

Having been collecting stamps since 1947, Bora stated that stamps is the only item which has been portrayed across all objects.

“From table, chair, bird to even a bulb, every object has found expression in stamps,” he said, emphasising on the importance of preserving the hobby, an idea that has driven this exhibition.

As a member of a 22-year-old organisation, the International Collectors Society of Rare Items (ICSRI) which will be organising the exhibition.

He stated that the presentation is an attempt to revive the fading avocation of collecting coins and stamps. The vice-president of the organisation Rajendra Shah further added that the aim is to, “spread knowledge through inculcating a hobby.”

Coinex 2017, will be showcasing various types of coins dating back to 500 BC and the Gupta empire till 2017 in gold, silver, copper, lead and even platinum, if possible, he said.

These will be including different bi-metallic and even tri-metallic coins.

“It is very rare to see bi-metallic coins. In India, currently, the 10 rupee coin is the only bi-metallic coin, although globally, there are around 40 to 50 countries possessing bi-metallic coins since the past 10 years,” added Shah.

Former president of ICSRI, Shrinivas Bhat is the only Indian member of the World Bi-metal Coin Collectors Club, with the collection varying from wildlife coins, colour coins and Olympic lapel pins.

The exhibition which will be held at Sonal Hall, Karve road, will have 70 frames of collectors displaying their prized possessions.

Further, this year’s event, will have an auction of more than 1,200 items, by coin dealers from Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bengaluru and Chennai, providing the option of purchase and sale.

These 40 stalls will also provide authentic information about its approximate value, year, history, inscriptions, figures, impressions on the coin from experts in numismatics during the exhibition.

The last day, would also have a lecture on the Indus Valley Civilization by Prabodh Shirvalkar and Amruta Sarkar, from the department of Archaeology, Deccan College.