Mumbai: The three-day long numismatic show kicked off on Friday at World Trade Centre in Mumbai where over 100 stalls have exhibited rare collection of coins, demonetised currency, stamps and antique pieces.
During the three-day show, Mumbaikars can take their coins and notes to the show for a free appraisal at Todywalla Auctions counter. “More than 1,600 different items will go under the hammer over the three-day auction, spanning from the beginnings of Indian coinage, a silver punched mark coin about 2400 years old from the Magadha Janapada period,” numismatist Malcolm Todywalla said.
These coins are estimated as low as Rs 3,000 ranging to Rs 20,000. At the show, 1700 years old gold coins of Kushan Emperor and Emperor Chandra Gupta estimated from as low as Rs. 50,000 to the rarer variant for over 1 lakh.
Indian coinage is replete with motifs of Gods and Goddesses such as Laxmi, Shiv, Tirupathi Balaji and Swastika symbol. Also represented are Nandi, Garuda, Ardhanareshwar etc. Included in the auction are many other silver and gold coins of Emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan ranging from Rs 2,00,000 to as low as Rs 1,000.
One stall of a newly established online museum Mintage World, which caters to numismatists, notaphilists and philatelists, is also there at the show. “We have been attending numismatic fairs across globe to make a huge collection of coins and currency. Our vision is to involve people for the preservation of India’s vast and varied historical and cultural heritage through coins, bank notes and stamps,” said Jayesh Gala from Mintage World.