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Exhibition held at the Regional Science Centre, Tirupati

learning experience :Students at the numismatic exhibition conducted at Regional Science Centre in Tirupati on Friday.— Photo: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
learning experience :Students at the numismatic exhibition conducted at Regional Science Centre in Tirupati on Friday.— Photo: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

The appetite for old coins and currency notes seems to be insatiable, despite the number of times they are displayed for public.

The exhibition conducted at the Regional Science Centre by Seven Hills Coins and Stamps Association, a consortium of local philatelic and numismatic enthusiasts, came to a grand close on Friday.

Students were awestruck at the vast collection of coins from the Mauryas, Tipu Sultan and Vijayanagara (gold and silver) dynasties and of the Dutch, the French, the Portuguese and the East India Company periods.

The 126 commemorative coins released since 1964, starting with the image of Jawaharlal Nehru, were on display.

The coins of denominations such as Rs.1,000, Rs.150, Rs.100, Rs.75 etc. are not in mass circulation and only meant for collectors.

“A coin of Rs.1,000 denomination costs around Rs.4,000 to procure”, says B.Sumathi Suresh, the association’s secretary and a collector of Indian and British coins, some of which are over 600 years old. President U.Vimal Chand is known for collecting antic coins, the vice-president M.Kiran has an impressive array of Republic Indian paper money and valuable currency, while the treasurer S.Wasim Aslam has commemorative coins of the Indian republic. Mythological images and insignia such as Venkateswara, Lakshmi, Garuda, Rama and Hanuman found on the coins of the Pudukkottai and Sivaganga princely regimes, and the Arcot Nawab era need a special mention.


  • Rare coins from Mauryas, Tipu Sultan and Vijayanagara dynasties displayed

  • Coins of denominations such as Rs.1,000, Rs.150, Rs.100, Rs.75 etc. also showcased


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