Love collecting coins and notes? The 26th Annual Shukla Day Coin and Stamp Fair at Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, is where you should be today. The ongoing numismatic show has put on display antique Indian coins and banknotes besides stamps for collectors and hobbyists.
You can look forward to seeing the earliest coins struck in Mumbai and used in the city and neighbouring areas. There is also the erstwhile Bank of Bombay note, printed in the 1840s, signed and dated by hand instead of the usual printing that we see today. Also on display are gold, silver and copper coins struck by the East India Company along with other coins issued under the suzerainty of Mughal emperors such as Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. The gold and silver coins of the great Maratha ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, are also on display.
More than 100 dealer stalls from across India are exhibiting and selling their wares at the show. What’s more, you can even take your own coins and notes for a free appraisal at stalls like the Todywalla Auctions counter. You can also enroll for a three-session course for learning Brahmi, Indian archaeology and basic identification of coins for a fee of Rs 300.
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The three-day show, which concludes today, also witnessed an auction of coins and banknotes. Over 1,300 different items went under the hammer, spanning from the beginnings of Indian coinage. Some of these included a silver punched mark coin about 2,400 years old from the Gandhara and Magadha Janapada period, a 1,700-year-old gold coin of emperor Chandragupta, a high-quality Kushan gold coin, regarded as one of the first gold coins of India, besides many other silver and gold coins of Mughal emperors.
The Reserve Bank of India is also participating through ICICI Bank, wherein the bank has made available notes and coins of all denominations, especially commemorative ones such as Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5 and Rs 10, for collectors.
The 26th Annual Shukla Day Coin and Stamp Fair is on at World Trade Center, Expo Center, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. Entry is free.