Staff Reporter

KANNUR: Discussions of new numismatic finds, interpretation of motifs on coins to ascertain the era they belonged to, presentation of papers, exchange and sale of coins of numismatic value were among the activities held as part of the 18th annual conference of the South Indian Numismatic Society that concluded here on Sunday.

The two-day event hosted by the Department of Archaeology in association with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Directorate of Museums and Zoos was inaugurated by Education Minister M.A. Baby here on Saturday.

The Minister also released a volume of the society titled ‘Studies in South Indian Coins’ and ‘Traversing Travancore Through the Ages on Coins’ authored by Beena Sarasan.

D. Raja Reddy presented a paper on Rashtrakuta coins. ASI Thrissur Circle Superintendent Archaeologist M. Nambirajan and Sarojini Amma of the Department of Archaeology jointly presented a paper on coins found during excavations at the Bekal Fort in Kasaragod during 1997-2001.

Temporary mint

Dr. Nambirajan said that from the excavations it could be surmised that Tipu Sultan had used Bekal fort as a temporary mint. Around 1,500 coins were excavated from one area in the fort, he said. Excavations also brought out that there was a kiln for making coins.

S. Hemachandran, director-in-charge of the Department of Archaeology, said that around 100 delegates from different parts of South India participated in the two-day annual conference.