Coins in India: power and communication

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Märg Publications on behalf of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Jun 1, 2006 - History - 116 pages
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This book focuses on the socio-cultural connotations of coinage in terms of power, authority, and rule legitimization. Coins function as money because the users share cultural parameters regarding their value and acceptability. Indian coinage design reflects the intricate interdependence of religious expression, personal adornment and rule legitimacy. Coins provide insights into political power and authority, while archaeological excavations, hoards, and stupa deposits place coin-finds within a larger cultural milieu. The contributors discuss this tradition from the perspectives of history and numismatic studies.

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HIMANSHU PRABHA RAY is Associate Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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