Every country issues its own coins that reflect different aspects about their own nation. Modern coins mostly are round in shape and feature portraits of famous personalities. They also have specific emblems on them that are symbolic to that particular country. Coins of India also have a history which is several centuries old. People belonging to today’s generation are only aware about coins of India which are currently circulating. Very few are even aware about a stream called numismatics where coins are studied in depth. Changing coinage in a way also talks about the changing society. With time, the technology for minting coins has also evolved. Ancient coins in India were actually hand punched with dies and today we have computer aided technology that does everything with just a few clicks. Being a numismatist myself, observing and analyzing this evolution of India coin is very satisfying and fascinating.
Many youngsters come up to me and ask me where to start. I believe that the first thing you need to start doing is look at coins in your wallets and pockets closely. Then there is the internet where you can find all kinds of Information about coins India. The only problem with that is that there is no guarantee that the source is authentic. It is always better to refer to books written by noted numismatists when it comes to learning about coins of India. There is so much to explore and there is no point in referring to these unauthentic sources. Coins in India tell tales of thousands of kinds and emperors who have made their mark in the Indian subcontinent from ancient times. There is no better way to learn about kings like Vikramaditya, Ashoka, Akbar, Tipu sultan, Shivaji etc, than learning in detail about coins of India.