Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies

Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies (IIRNS)
is a research Institute on numismatics, particularly on Indian numismatic studies. They have trained researchers who have specialized on different numismatic periods, such as ancient, early medieval, medieval and late medieval. They offer services (free of cost) to any enquiry, made through the mail or otherwise, on academic aspect of any coin or coin series found in India. They also have a well equipped library having a good collection of numismatic and allied books. The library also houses photo cardexes of coins (arranged series-wise) numbering approximately 1,50,000. Any scholar or lay individual is most welcome to visit them and take advantage of their facilities. They have a Scholars Residence with all modern amenities within their campus, which is open (at a nominal charge) to anybody desirous of doing research / study on coins at their Institute. Coin

Their Institute also conducts an Annual 15 Day Training Course called Practical Guide to the Fundamentals of Indian Numismatics which is open to any individual retaining an interest on coins. Besides, they also conduct short Learners Courses of five days duration.

They have also got their separate Publication Division called IIRNS Publications which publishes their Annual Research Journal Numismatic Digest and other monographs from time to time.

Their Institute publishes a quarterly newsletter called IIRNS Newsline which is sent on an annual subscription of US$ 8.

Please note that there is no membership offered by them.

The Background

Coin Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies was founded in 1980.It is an outcome of the recognition of the long - felt need for a research centre devoted to the furthering of Indian Numismatic Studies, especially as it relates to history, archaeology, economics and art. The manifestation of this need was brought about when Dr. Parmeshwari Lal Gupta, a numismatist of global recognition and Shri K. K. Maheshwari, an industrialist and a numismatist in his own right, came together to discuss the feasibility of an Institution which could act as a veritable storehouse of information on the study of Indian coins, where students could be trained in numismatic studies and guided in the numismatic research and which as a corollary, could serve the interests of a long neglected discipline. The Institute was thus born in 1980, being registered as a Trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950 (Registration No E-7625 Bombay). Since then, the Institute has earned international recognition for the works done within a very short span of time.

Location In 1984, the Institute shifted to its present location at the scenic site of Anjaneri, about 19.5 km. from Nashik city, on Nashik-Trimbakeshwar road. Nashik is a city about 200 km North-East from Mumbai (Bombay) in India. Travel from Mumbai will take a few hours by Road or Train. It has a campus spread over 5.5 acres (approx.), with the Research Centre building, Guest House and staff quarters.

Board of Management The Institute's Board of Management consists of the Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors and the Governing Body.

Aims and Objectives

Numismatics means the study of coins. But it is not merely the study of the physical features of coins. It is the study of coins as an historical object and a source for history, as coins are one of the most valuable tools for reconstructing our history. A serious student of Indian history may well be aware of this fact. But those who may not have much idea about the sources which help us in knowing our history, may well be amazed to know that but for coins, we would be almost completely in the dark about many periods of our history.

Coins also provide important chronological information in the archaeological excavations. Besides, they can also provide valuable information about economy - trade, monetary policy, currency system and so on -- and also about art and culture.

Considering the vital importance of coins as a source for our history, it is really surprising how often Numismatics has been seen as a tiny element of Indian historical and archaeological studies. It cannot, however, be denied that the potential of Indian Numismatics needs to be fully realised to further enrich our historical and archaeological studies. It was with this realization and to preserve valuable information about our historical and cultural heritage, that the Institute started functioning with the following aims and objectives.



a) Photographic Archives

Coin One of the important aims of the Institute is to make available easily to the students of numismatics the research data, the access to which is otherwise difficult. Towards this end is directed its photographic archives, which it maintains as along-term project.

The Photographic Archives contains photographs of coins from different collections - Institutional and private- in the form of a cardex mounted with a coin photograph and with the relevant information. Under this project, the data in the form of photographs of coins from various collections are being continuously added to the Archives and also being updated.

b) Projects

The Institute undertakes independent research projects in the field of numismatic studies. The selection of the research programmes is guided by the need for investigations into the problem areas of numismatic studies and also by the need for providing a framework for the better utilization of numismatic data and for developing and preparing teaching aids. The result of some such investigations completed earlier have been published.Some research projects are also undertaken in collaboration with other Institutions.

Education and Training

In formulating its educational and training programme, the Institute considers several categories of students and researchers, the problems faced by them and the help the Institute can provide to them.

These include -

For these different categories of students, the Institute planned to conduct two types of courses - one, a short term course and the other, a long term course.

Short Training Course
Since 1987, the Institute has been conducting a short training course of15 days duration called Workshop on Practical Guide to the Fundamentals of Indian Numismatics. It is conducted once a year, usually in the months of October - November. The emphasis of this course is on the practical aspects and teaching of the basic methods required for the study of coins.Participants of the Workshop are provided with the coins belonging to the period and area of their research / interest, which they study, under guided supervision and with the help of various aids developed by the Institute under six topics.

a) Introduction and Method
b) Coin Identification and Classification
c) Hoard Sorting
d) Legend/Symbol Decipherment
e) Threshold Legibility and Identification
f) Clues and Hints for Quick Classification and identification.

This training course has been quite well received and is attended by the personnel of the Department of Archaeology and museums of various states, university and college teachers, research scholars and coin collectors.

Titles of some of the recent training Courses,

For school and college students and other visiting groups, the Institute arranges, on request, talks by its faculty members, and also slide shows.

To impart a general idea about Indian coins to the common people, the Institute has organized a small museum. The museum offers a panoramic view of Indian coinage from the earliest period to the modern times with the help of coins, moulds, dyes, replicas, photographs, and brief write-ups.Dioramas depicting coin minting and coin manufacturing techniques, like casting, machine-striking, etc. are also on exhibit.

Apart from the numismatic material, some bronzes, terracottas, copper- hoard objects, paintings and some other historical artifacts are also displayed. The Museum is open to the visitors from Mondays to Saturdays (except holidays) from 9.30 am to 1.00 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Admission is free.

Apart from the research and educational facilities, the museum through its photo archives, also offers an easy access to the coin data of many different collections. Further the Institute offers some other excellent facilities for research and training.

The Institute library houses a rich collection of books and journals on Indian numismatics. It also contains publications on archaeology, epigraph, history, source books. etc. The Institute's endeavour is to collect all the publications appearing on Indian coins and also to enrich the collection of books on other allied subjects.

The library subscribes to, and receives, almost all the journals dealing with Indian numismatics. Efforts are being made to obtain the missing numbers if any, as well as the older journals which have gone out of print. The library also subscribes to many periodicals and journals on foreign numismatics, history, archaeology and epigraphy.

The Offprint Section of the library is well-classified and indexed and includes articles on Indian numismatics published in numismatic as well as non-numismatic journals / volumes. The emphasis of this section is to procure particularly those articles which are published in foreign or Indian journals not easily available in the libraries and also those which appear in felicitation, commemoration, seminar volumes etc.

In the Document Archives Section of the library, letters and private papers of eminent scholars are maintained as archival documents.

Clippings of news related to numismatics appearing in newspapers and magazines are kept classified in the News Clipping Section of the library.

Bibliography Section
The Institute maintains a Bibliography Section. Under this section, records of articles appearing on Indian coins are maintained with a brief summary and proper classification.

This is very useful for the research scholars as it saves their time and money, which would otherwise have been spent in looking for references in various journals and volumes in different libraries. The bibliography is made available on payment of a prescribed fee.

Photo Supply
On payment of prescribed charges, the Institute supplies photographs of coins from its Negative Archives for being utilized in theses, dissertations, publications or as study material.

Photo Copy supply
The Institute has its own photo - copier, and provides photo copies of the required articles. etc. on request, and on payment of nominal charges.

Collection of coins and other research materials
For conducting educational and training courses and for research purposes, the Institute maintains its own collection of coins, coin - hoards, coin- dyes, moulds, etc. Besides, the Institute's collection includes copper plate inscriptions, Hundi papers, stamp papers, paintings, bronzes, palm-leaf manuscripts, a very good collection of copper hoard objects and some other historical antiquities. Any gift of these objects to the Institute by any individual or Institution is welcome.

Guest House
The Institute has within its campus, a lovely guest house providing accommodation for eighteen persons at a time, in rooms fully furnished, with attached bath - rooms, and mess facilities.

Computer Section
The Institute has its own computer setup, and efforts are being made for the computerization of the research material so as to facilitate easy handling of research data. Towards this purpose, the Institute has got its own software, called "Nanaka", developed to meet its specific needs. The existing hardware consists of two separate units, one exclusively for publication and the other for data entry.

Future Plans

Future plans include


Director: Amiteshwar Jha
Address: P. O. Anjaneri, Dist. Nasik 422 213 Maharashtra, India.
Phone: 011-91-2594-20005/6/7,
Fax: 011-91-2594-20005




 A. Annual Research Journal, Numismatic Digest
    Title / Vol.                             Price Handling
                                                   & Shipping
                                            (US $) (US $)
  1 Numismatic Digest Vol.  1 (2 Parts)          5   3
  2 Numismatic Digest Vol.  2 (2 Parts)          5   3
  3 Numismatic Digest Vol.  3 (2 Parts)**        5   3
  4 Numismatic Digest Vol.  4 (2 Parts)**        5   3
  5 Numismatic Digest Vol.  5 (2 Parts)**        5   3
  6 Numismatic Digest Vol.  6          **        5   3
  7 Numismatic Digest Vol.  7                    5   3
  8 Numismatic Digest Vol.  8                    5   3
  9 Numismatic Digest Vol.  9                    5   3
 10 Numismatic Digest Vol. 10    1986            5   3
 11 Numismatic Digest Vol. 11    1987            5   3
 12 Numismatic Digest Vol. 12-13 1988-1989**     5   3
 13 Numismatic Digest Vol. 14    1990            5   3
 14 Numismatic Digest Vol. 15    1991            5   3
 15 Numismatic Digest Vol. 16    1992            8   4
 16 Numismatic Digest Vol. 17    1993            8   4
 17 Numismatic Digest Vol. 18    1994           12   4
 18 Numismatic Digest Vol. 19    1995           12   4
 19 Numismatic Digest Vol. 20    1996           12   4
 20 Numismatic Digest Vol. 21-22 1997-1998      12   4
 21 Numismatic Digest Vol. 23-24 1999-2000      12   4

  B. Colloquium Proceedings

 1. Papers Presented at the 2nd                 12   4
    International Colloquium on Numismatic
    and Archaeology (1987)
    (Eds.) P. L. Gupta and A. K. Jha       	

 2. Papers Presented at the 3rd                 15   5
    Internationa l Colloquium on Coinage,
    Trade & Economy (1991) (Ed.) A. K. Jha

 3. Papers Presented at the 5th                 20   5
    International Colloquium on Medireview
    Indian Coinages: A Historical and Economic 
    Perspective (2001) (Ed.) Amiteshwar Jha  

 C. Monographs

 1. Maratha Mints and Coinage                   12   5
    By: K. K. Maheshwari & K. W. Wiggins, 1989

 2. A Catalogue of the Coins of the Katoch       5   4
    Rulers of Kangra
    By: A. K. Jha and Sanjay Garg, 1991

 3. Studies in the Coinages of the Western      15   5
    By: Amiteshwar Jha & Dilip Rajgor, 1994

 4. Kosala State Region c. 600-470 BC           15   3
    Silver Punchmarked Coinages
    By: Paul Murphy

 D. Popular Books

 1. Marathi Riyasatichi Aitihasik Nani           5   3
    (Marathi Text)
    By: Dilip P. Palsekar, 1998 (Out of Print)

 2. Deities on Indian Coins                      5   3
    By: Biswajeet Rath, 1998

 3. Coins of the Delhi Sultanates                5   3
    By: Danish Moin, 1999

 4. Roman Gold and Silver Coins From India:      5   3
    A Collector Guide
    By: P. V. Radhakrishnan, 1999

 5. Coins of Malhar                              6   3
    By: Sushmita Bose Majumdar, 2000

 6. Ramatankas: Hindu Religious Tokens           7   3
    Illustrating Themes from Ramayana
    By: Michael Mitchiner, 2000

 1. ** marked volumes are out of print.
 2. Orders should be accompanied by advance payment. Payment
    should be made by Cheque / Draft drawn in favour of
    IIRNS Publications payable at Mumbai or Nasik.
    In case of cheque payment, US $ 5 should be added towards
    bank clearance charges.
 3. For trade enquiries and discounts please write to us.

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