The coinage of the Indian Sultanates is a very important primary source for helping us to understand the political and economic history of much of what is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh during the period from the beginning of the thirteenth century AD until the seventeenth century when the last of the sultanates, that of Bijapur, was absorbed into the Mughal Empire. The right of sikka, i.e., the fight to strike coins was one of the two juridically recognized expressions of the fight of the ruler to sovereignty, and it was a right that was jealously guarded. It is a happy feature of Islamic coinage that the coins bear information not only about the rulers’ names and titles but very often also the place and date of minting. In this way we can follow the progress of their rule as their territories expanded or contracted. We can learn of rulers who are otherwise not known to history, their usually ephemeral reigns not recorded in any literary sources that have come down to us. We can also examine the metals used for the currency, its fineness or debasement, and seek to draw conclusions from that. The present book, however, does not go that far. It is not intended as an economic history of the sultanate period but as an extensive, illustrated catalogue of coin types. More types are included here than in any previously published book on sultanate coins. Many are published for the first time. They come from both public and private collections in India and elsewhere. Brief histories are included for each sultanate as well as comments on the coinage and the coin legends. An extensive bibliography is also provided. This book will serve as an essential reference for students and collectors of Indian sultanate coins and for anyone else interested in this period of South Asian history
The main focus of the book is on note serial number and prefix. The author have made extensive research on finding the highest possible prefix for every possible published note. His research have been supported by photographic documentation. There have been extensive coverage on split, mule and star note series. This part is extremely useful for serious collectors. The book also provides several tables with Prefix, Issuing Circle, Rarity (Scare, Rare and Very Rare) and along with the price of uncirculated (UNC), extra fine (EX) and very fine (VF). This is extremely useful for collectors
Wilfried Pieper needs no introduction. He is well known through numerous articles published in ONS Newsletter, Journal of Oriental Numismatic Society and Numismatic Digest. Besides he has authored Ancient Indian Coins (1998 with Osmund Bopearachchi) and Ancient Indian Coins Revisited (2013). His monumental work ‘Ancient Indian Coins – A Comprehensive Catalogue’ is now available.
This catalogue exhaustively lists and illustrates 3792 coin images (line drawings wherever needed) of ancient Indian coins of all metals except gold. Each chapter begins with a brief history of the dynasties/series with notes on the coinage. Maps have been profusely used. Eminent numismatists Pankaj Tandon, Alex Fishman and Sanjeev Kumar have contributed chapters on Paratrajas, Western Kshatrapas and Gupta Dynasty respectively. At the end there is a bibliography and index. This will become an indispensable reference book for collectors and scholars of ancient Indian coins for years to come