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Numismatics

Introduction:-Coins similar to that of copper plates throw considerable light on the ancient and mediaeval history of Odisha. The coins so far discovered represent only a few royal dynasties of Odisha. In additions a new variety of punch- marked coins of pre-Maurya and Mauryan age, Kushana and Puri Kushana coins, Gupta gold coins, coins of Sri Nanda Kalachuri and Yadava gold coins, Ganga gold fanams and silver coins of some Mughal emperors have discovered.
The Odisha State Museum since its inception has become a treasure house of Numismatic findings, some representing the all Indian coin types whereas others highlighting the local ruling dynasties. A few important hoards of the coins are mentioned in brief. For the time being we have not displayed original coins in the Gallery for the public. Plaster cast models of a few important coins can be seen in the Epigraphy gallery.

Gold coins of Nagavamsi Kings of Chakrakot

Gold coins of Nagavamsi Kings of Chakrakot

A hoard of 28 gold coins was brought from Dumadei Reserved Forest in Kodinga police-station of Koraput district. They are almost of equal size. The concavely shaped face of each coin contains the name of the king who... Read More

Yadava Gold coins from Sonepur

Yadava Gold coins from Sonepur

These coins were found in Sonepur and brought to the Odisha State Museum from Bolangir Treasury during 1950. These coins are 27 in number and they belong to the Yadava rulers who were ruling at Devgiri from C. 1210 A.D. to C. 1309... Read More

Ganga Fanams

Ganga Fanams

In the recent years several loards of small gold coins popularly known as Ganga Fanams have been added to our numismatic collection. They are mostly available in the Mahanadi river valley. These coins are apparently all alike. They are circular in... Read More

Gandibedha Copper Coins

Gandibedha Copper Coins

A hoard of 147 copper coins was recorvered from village Gandibedha in Sora area of Balasore district. On one side of these coins there is the emblem of a c.rouchant bull and on the other side there is a line of writing containing "Sri... Read More

Puri Kushana Coins

Puri Kushana Coins

These are crudely cast copper coins resembling those of Kushanas. They are so named by Doctor Hoernle owing to the fact that a large hoard of them was found in Puri district in 1895. In Odisha- they have been found in large number Mayurbhanj... Read More

Kayema Hoard of Kushana Coins

Kayema Hoard of Kushana Coins

The hoard was discovered from village Kayema in Dharmasala area of Cuttack district at the time a(clig-giag- earth. All are of copper and the size of each coin is almost circular. The diameter of the coins varies 7/8" to 1" and... Read More

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