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Numismatics

Coins are important source of history and throw valuable light on the political, economic and social aspects of the era. The earliest coins, i.e., the punch-marked, Indo-Greek, Tribal coins and the coins of the Gupta, local rulers, Sultanate, Mughal and company period etc give a glimpse of the grandeur of Indian Numismatic history . The numismatic history of Himachal Pradesh commences with the punch marked coins from Arki and Kangra which prevailed the imperial Maurya period and established contacts of the hilly region with the plain. The Indo-Greek coins have been discovered from various parts of state like Kangra, Chamba, Hamirpur, Una and Mandi. Indo-Greek coins are the inscribed and the portraits of Greek rulers impressed on them are so real and true to life that each coin portrait seems to represent the ruler very faithfully. Though the Sahis of Ohind ruled Kangra for a brief period but they issued coins in such a large number that the ruler s of Kangra continued to do them till they left the scene with some variation. The coins of many tribes which were mentioned in Asthadhyayi, the Mahabharta and Ramayana are also discovered in the different part of the State. The coins of Kuninda and Yaudheya are plenty in the collection of the museum. Apart from these coins the coins of Indo-Sassanian, Kashmir, Sikh, Sultanate and Mughal coins are also discovered within the State and form the important source to construct the political history as well as the treasure of numismatic collection of the museum.

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