The Numismatic Chronicle, Volume 13 (Google eBook)

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Royal Numismatic Society., 1873 - Numismatics
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Page 281 - Meadows trim with daisies pied, Shallow brooks, and rivers wide; Towers and battlements it sees Bosomed high in tufted trees, Where perhaps some beauty lies, The cynosure of neighbouring eyes.
Page 216 - Greeks, they would never have possessed any other dramya but that of 6 vodris. lu favour of the existence of an indigenous Indian coinage prior to the time of Alexander, I would remark that if the Hindus had derived their knowledge of coinage from the Greeks, the types, shape, and standard of all their money would have been Greek. But instead of this expected imitation we find that the early copper coins of Taxila differ from the Greek money in every single point. They are square in form, different...
Page 22 - President, in the Chair. The minutes of the last Anniversary Meeting -were read and confirmed. The Report of the Council was then read to the Meeting, as follows : — GENTLEMEN, — The Council again have the honour to lay before you their Annual Report as to the state of the Numismatic Society.
Page 215 - Indian silver kdrsha have been called " old" at the time of the compilation of the Buddhist Sutras, about 200 BC? I do not hesitate to reply that they must have received this name shortly after the expedition of Alexander, when they were first brought into contact with the Greek money of Alexander's successors. From the common use of the M Anabasis, vi.
Page 199 - 2 grains, consist of 16 barley-corns, each of which was therefore 0'7 of an English grain. Originally the lepton was not a coin, but simply the smallest practical weight applied to gold and silver. But seven-tenths of a grain of silver being equal to 48 times that weight of copper, the lepton, after the introduction of copper money, became an actual coin, weighing 33'6 grains, or one-half of the chalkous. The same value of the lepton may also be deduced from a comparison of a passage in Polybius...
Page 189 - Hermseus show that the Eastern Greeks followed the monetary system of Athens, which had been already adopted by Alexander the Great and his immediate successors. To this system the Greek kings of Bactriana steadily adhered ; but the Greek kings of India, from the very first, departed from the Attic system in the mass of their copper money, as shown in the coins of Pantaleon and Agathokles, which are of the same weight, and of the same square shape, as the previously existing Indian...
Page 211 - ... silver and gold, of a fixed weight, must have preceded the use of regular coin." He therefore assigned the highest grade of antiquity in Indian numismatology to those small flattened bits of silver or other metal, which are found all over the country, " either quite smooth, or bearing only a few puuch marks on one or both sides, and generally having a corner cut off, as may be conjectured, for the adjustment of their weight.
Page 190 - They also reproduce the same type of the maneless Indian lion on the reverse, and even exhibit the same peculiarities of fabric in the deeply indented small square die of one side, and the loss of one or more corners, by the adjustment of the original square or oblong blank piece of metal to the required weight. A few copper coins of Agathokles also show the adoption of the sacred Bodhi tree surrounded by a Buddhist railing, and of the Indian symbol, which is usually called a Chaitya, but which I...
Page 210 - But this was his first hasty deduction put forth in 1832, before he had seen any really ancient Hindu coins : for, three years later, with Stacy's rich collection before him, he no longer " contended that the Hindus had no indigenous currency of the precious metals. On the contrary, he thought that evidence would be found, in the coins he was about to describe, that they circulated small pieces of a given weight, that stamps mere given to them varying under different circumstances, and that many...
Page 189 - A. CUNNINGHAM. ON THE MONETARY SYSTEM OF THE GREEKS OF BACTRIANA, ARIANA, AND INDIA. THE coinage of the Eastern Greeks, which I have attempted to describe in the foregoing pages, presents several very important deviations from the systems followed by their countrymen in Europe and Western Asia, which I now propose to examine in some detail. The weights of the various coins from Diodotus to Hermseus show that the Eastern Greeks followed the monetary system of Athens, which had been already adopted...

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