Essays on Indian Antiquities, Historic, Numismatic, and Palĉographic, of the Late James Prinsep: To which are Added His Useful Tables, Illustrative of Indian History, Chronology, Modern Coinages, Weights, Measures, Etc, Volume 2

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Page 71 - no gold coin shall henceforward be a legal tender of payment in any of the territories of the East India Company.
Page 101 - There is no God but God, Muhammad is the prophet of God ! — The mighty sovereign Ghids ul dunya va tidin, Abu'lfateh, Muhammad bin Sam.
Page 134 - PERIOD is a term of years produced by the multiplication of the lunar cycle 19, solar cycle 28, and Roman indiction 15. It consists of 7980 years, and began 4713 years before our era. It has been employed in computing time, to avoid the puzzling ambiguity attendant on reckoning any period antecedent to our era, an advantage which it has in common with the mundane eras used at different times. By subtracting 4713 from the Julian Period, our year is found. If before Christ, subtract the Julian Period...
Page 29 - Pali, and that a Pali grammar was compiled in his day; yet, on the other hand they affirm, that the doctrines of Buddha were long taught orally only, and were not committed to writing for four centuries after his death, or until BC 153, a date, no doubt, subsequent to that of the inscriptions. In fact, the principal authorities of the...
Page 138 - Many chronologists have computed this era from the 15th of July, but, Cantemir has given examples, proving that, in most ancient times, the 16th was the first day of the era; and now there can be no question that such is the practice of Mahometans. The year is purely lunar, consisting of twelve months, each month commencing with the appearance of the new moon, without any intercalation to bring the commencement of the year to the same season. It is obvious that, by such an arrangement, every year...
Page 229 - Deducting, however, from the larger number of princes a considerable proportion, there is nothing to shock probability in supposing, that the Hindu dynasties and their ramifications were spread through an interval of about twelve centuries anterior to the war of the Mahabharata, and, conjecturing that event to have happened about fourteen centuries before Christianity, thus carrying the commencement of the regal dynasties of India to about two thousand six hundred years before that date. This may,...
Page 132 - Seleucidre until the fifteenth century, when a new mode of computing was adopted by them. Some insist strongly on the antiquity of their present era, but it is generally believed not to be more ancient than the century above-named. They date from the creation, which they consider to have been 3760 years and three months before the commencement of our era.
Page 140 - We are now, therefore, in the 71st cyde, the 27th of which will begin in 1830. To find out the Chinese time, multiply the elapsed cycle by 60, and add the odd years ; then, if the time be before Christ, subtract the sum from 2398 ; but if after Christ, subtract 2397 from it; the remainder will be the year required. The...
Page 127 - The first year used by them, and attributed to Romulus, consisted of ten months, from March to December, or 304 days. A year exhibiting such a discrepancy from the real course of the seasons could not have remained long in use, and it is supposed that extraordinary months were added as often as it was found necessary.
Page 72 - A lion and a palm-tree") for the new gold coinage, " in conformity with Act XVII. of 1835"; and proceeds: "officers in charge of public treasuries are hereby authorized freely to receive these gold coins at the rates, until further orders, respectively denoted by the denomination of the pieces...

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