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Revisit the past with coin collectors’ fest

- Jamcoin kicks off, 1500 exhibits on show

If you have a yen for collecting or studying coins, this is a treasure trove you would love to pore over.

Jamcoin 2013, the 18th edition of the annual coin exhibition in the steel city, kicked off at Tulsi Bhavan in Bistupur on Sunday, promising numismatists glimpses into history with a range of centuries-old currencies.

The three-day exhibition, inaugurated by director of Bharat Forge Trading India Tridibesh Mukherjee, has in store around 1,500 rare coins. Subodh Kumar, sub divisional magistrate (Dhalbhum), was the guest of honour.

“This is an annual event which gives a great deal of knowledge to people of Jamshedpur. Parents should always bring their wards to generate interest in numismatics as a hobby,” said Kalyan Guha, secretary of the Jamshedpur Coin Collector’s Club that is organising the event.

The exhibition has drawn 15 individuals and 10 dealers from across the country, each showcasing their exhibits in style.

For instance, Jyotsna Kundu, a member of Jamshedpur Coin Collector’s Club, has displayed the coins on the branches of a decorated tree.

Three schoolchildren from the city also presented their collection, while visitors on Day 1 included a group of National Metallurgical Laboratory trainees from South Korea.

The oldest coin this edition is a copper coin of 1397 from the Bahmani Sultanate, a Muslim state of the Deccan plateau and the first independent Islamic kingdom in South India.

Closer to Jharkhand, a 1554 silver coin from the Koch dynasty of Cooch Behar in Bengal found its way to the exhibition.

Coins minted between 12th and 15th century AD dating back to a period when nine princely states of Rajasthan were under the Mughal rule, are also in view.

The princely states had formed their own union and let out coins at that time to retain their own identity.

The catalogue of collection includes punch marked coins, Mughal coins, British India silver coins, Euro coins, commemorative coins, proof coins and coins on sports and great personalities.

“To motivate and spark greater interest among the participants, we have also on offer five awards that will be given to the best exhibitors during the closing ceremony, such as best female exhibitor, male exhibitor, junior exhibitor, the best overall and a special award,” added Guha.