60,000 coins later,father-son wants museum

A collection of 60,000 antique coins,many of them of gold,is the proud possession of Devdutta Angal (70) and son Narindra.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:October 30, 2010 2:24 am

A collection of 60,000 antique coins,many of them of gold,is the proud possession of Devdutta Angal (70) and son Narindra.

Recently back from the annual conference of the Numismatic Society of India,they are trying to set up a museum in Pune to showcase the collection. “We have sought permission of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to raise a building. The museum will showcase coins of different dynasties,” said Narindra.

The museum will have,a large collection of coins from South East Asia and gold coins of the ancient rulers. “We presented a paper on our collection in the recent All India Numismatic Society conference in Orissa,” said Narindra. He said his father — the secretary of the Numismatic Society of Maharashtra,Pune—- had been collecting the coins for the last 60 years.

“We have one coin that’s 1,200 years old,from South East Asia,which has an eagle emblem. For the first time,I presented the coin at the 94th annual conference of the Numismatic Society of India,Bhubaneswar,held from 19-21 October,” said Devdutta.

“The speciality of the said coin is that the edge was made thicker to avoid handling damage to the central design,” he added.

“At the conference,I presented a paper on a coin casting die,cut in sandstone. It was from the Pyu dynasty of Burma,presently Myanmar and dates back 1,600 years,” said Devdutta.

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