I received many comments and criticisms soon after I made this webpage. Many of them are enclosed. If you have anything to suggest, feel free to send me. I shall include them below.

6th Sept. 1997

Dear Dr. Mahajan,

Just got on-line and found your great web-site!
I must find time to get some of my articles on the net......

Sun, 22 Mar 1998

Thanks for the letter, with details of your research.
I notice that your current interest overlaps to some extent with some work I put together a little while back (published in the ONS newsletter) - so I will enclose a out-of-date list including a version of the text.
Good luck with the research, and thanks for the lovely web site.

United Kingdom

(Dr. Robert Tye has written an excellent book `Jitals'. It is definitely the best wrriteen book about medieval Indian coinage).

From: "The MacPhee's"
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998

I stumbled upon your pages this week and can only say I am thrilled. As a collector of over forty years I have learned that information is even harder to find than coins. I will be studying your pages for weeks to come.

You have set a very high standard for the rest of us collectors and I can only hope that when my own page is ready it is as attractive and informative as yours.

Thank You
Milton MacPhee

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998
16:03:52 -0500

Dear Dr. Mahajan:

I was very impressed with your Indian Coin Page on the web. I just found it after several years of using search engines to locate Indian Coin site or information about other collectors or collections. Yours is by far the most usefull and informative.

I have been collecting Indian coins for about 40 years - mainly EIC, British India and the Native States coinage. Rarely have I found anyone other than Fred Pridmore to ask questions of and Fred decided he couldn't cope with the Native States.

I will look forward to checking the site frequently.

Carroll Hughes

From David Rampling
Jun 14 '97 at 3:41
X-Sender: rampling@ozemail.com.au
To: nupam@med.unc.edu
Subject: Gold multiple mohur

Dear Dr. Mahajan,

I have come across your excellent "Nupam's Webpage for the Indian Coins", and wondered whether you might be able to assist me. I am currently researching the numismatic legacy of......... where might I find a reference to such a piece? Would a specimen be rare today? Were these large coins used for trade, or only as presentation pieces?

I came across your webpage as a result of a notice you posted to either the NUMISM-L or Coins Mailing Lists -I am not sure which, as I no longer have the original posting. I have certainly bookmarked your webpage, as I find it an excellent resource on the Indian Coinage. I do not have any criticisms of the site. It is very easy to read and most informative. Congratulations on contributing this worthy addition to numismatic literature on the Web.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. David Rampling

Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 20:29:16 -0600

Dr. Nupam Mahajan,

I saw your posting to numism-l about your web site. I really like what you are doing, and wish to encourage you in this project. I feel that the more numismatic web sites, the better.

I would like to make a few comments that I belive might help you with your web site. I hope that you do not mind.I am on a 14.4 modem, as are most people. The size of your site if far too large for people on a 14.4 or 28.8 modem. I waited about 8 minutes and still only had about 1/2 of the pictures. If I had a T1 line at 2000 speed, this would not be a problem, but at the moment very few people do.

Robert Kokotailo

From Steve Nemeth
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 16:59:03 -0700
Subject: Indian Coins
X-URL: http://www.med.unc.edu/~nupam/link.html

Dear Dr. Mahajan,

Thank you for providing such a wonderful insight into the history of the coinage of India. With your help and through the coins of India I am exploring and discovering the fascinating history of your country. I would also like to commend you for your creativity in establishing such a great website.

Best Regards,

Steve Nemeth

From Jagan Jagannathan
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 98 11:24:14

Hi Dr. Nupam Mahajan,

I read only half of the coins web page before sending a mail to you. For a person like me who is very much interested in the History of India, it was like u know i don't know what to say, except i was glued to my terminal all day without doing my work. Like Taxila, the other oldest centre of learning was Nalanda. It was one of the oldest universities. Can u write about the center of learnings in India like the coins page along with the pictures of learnings like Varansi, Nalanda, Kanchi etc.

History has been my favourite subject from school days and people like u have recreated it in this modern age of computers. Hats off to you.


From Nalini Parasram
Dec 7 '97 at 5:42

Dear Dr. Nupam Mahajan,

While surfing for links to India, I came across "Nupam's Webpage for the Indian Coins'. I was truely amazed and kept glued to my screen. I never knew that such beauty existed in the ancient coinage of India. The history of 5000 years of my ancestors is so interesting.Keep on developing your wonderful webpage. I believe I shall start tracing the history of India through coins.

With Best Wishes from the Caribbean,
Harry Parasram
Trinidad and Tobago
West Indies.

From Suleyman Donmez
Nov 21 '97 at 2:56

Dear Dr. Nupam,

As a secondary school world history teacher, I have found your web site fascinating and full of useful information for my students. We are currently studying Ancient India, which none of my students has ever studied before. They are intrigued, and so am I. Your web site provides us with a whole new angle and many wonderful stories from Indian history. Thank you!

Suleyman Doenmez

From michalis moustakas
Dec 9 '97 at 2:31

Congratulations about your presentation of hindo-greek coins.

I'm a greek student of physics but my hobby is history. I was very touched when I saw greek-like coins because before seeing your webpage. I hadn't find any other history sites about the relation of greek kings and India. I thought that people all over the world weren't interested in or ignored historical influence of greeks over hindu people and hindu people over greeks.
I didn't find any other site with information like these. If you are aware of something please notify me.

Thank you!
Michalis Moustakas

From: rampriya ramarathnam
Date: Thu, 14 May 1998

Hi Nupam,
Checked out your webpage. Cool! It's like a treatise on Numismatics of India! Do you plan to have another page for your photography (which was your main hobby, I thought, mistakenly!)? I remember you had shown me quite a few good photographs in IISc.

Reply when you find time.



From Dr. Vijay Bedekar
Feb 22 '98 at 1:10

Dear Shree Nupam Mahajan

I have gone through your page. Extremely interested page. Some links related to India I got for the first time. I find from your Biodata that you are working in Cell Biology and works related to Cloning. As a doctor I am very much interested in this topic from medical point of view and from history of science point of view. Indian mythology specially Mahabharat is full of such births. It is also interesting from history of India`s point of view also. Well if you find anything interesting keep me informed.

Waiting eagerly for your visit to India.

Dr. Vijay Bedekar

From Sudheer Birodkar
Nov 12 '97 at 10:10


I visited your website on coins. It is excellent. You should put up more detailed info on Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj, as you have said. Keep up the good work. I am happy that scholars like you have begun putting up their work on the web for wider reference. Keep in touch.

Sudheer Birodkar,


Lead me from falsehoods to Truth,
And from Ignorance to Enlightenment.

From Rune Rysstad
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 23:39:25 +0200

Sure, I will of course include you in the list. It's my goal to have people with different interests on the list. Hope it really bring people "together".

By the way, do you want your article(s) publicized in out Norwegian coin magazine Numisma Asloia (not in the very near future but...). I could translate it with full credits to you of course.

Best regards,


From DKaplan888@aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 18:56:15 -0400 (EDT)
To: nupam@med.unc.edu
Subject: Re: Indian coins

Dear Nupam:

I have seen your page briefly and it is excellent. I have a bookmark on it and will be going there again when I have more time.


From Thomas K. Mallon
X-Sender: tkmallon@best.com
Date: Wed, 7 May 1997 14:58:42 -0700
To: Nupam P Mahajan
Subject: Re: ancient Indian coins



sorry to take so long to respond but have been in italy for 3 weeks...one thing though, you are going to have to make your images JPEGS 'cause it takes WAY TOO LONG to load your pages. i'll write back in a day or so when i get a bit more time and explain the particulars to you.


From Stratford Sterling
To: nupam@med.unc.edu
Subject: Coins of India
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 16:16:37 PDT


I enjoyed your webpages very much and I have a question that maybe you can answer. Concerning the silver Mauryan Punch Marked coins, did they ever make them from copper? I have about 35 coins acquired through my years working with fossil digs and I wanted to know the date (age) of some of them. May I e-mail a scan of a few of the items and would you be able to tell me what they are and how old? I would appreciate any assistance that you can provide. Thank you very much for your time. Have a good day.

Chris Chapman
at Stratford & Sterling of America.

From msimps10@scu.edu.au
X-Sender: msimps10@students.scu.edu.au
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 12:49:07 +0800
To: nupam@med.unc.edu


I was surfing on the web when I stumbled across your webpage on Indian coins. WOW! I have never seen anything like these coins before. I have always been interested in ancient coins but I never knew that there were ancient Indian coins around. Certainly in Australia, where I am from, you never hear of such things as ancient Indian coins.

Once again thank you for your page, It has sparked an interest in me about these coins. I will search the web for other sites on the topic.

I look forward to your speedy reply!!

Michael Simpson

From Jonathan J. Everett
To: "Nupam P Mahajan"
Subject: Re: unidentified coin
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 18:10:42 -0400
Dear Mr. Mahajan,

By the way, I did visit your web page briefly. It's very impressive. You are one of the few private collectors in the U.S. with a collection such as this, I suspect.

Jonathan Everett

From Jensen, Uno-Barner
Date: Wed, 07 May 1997 21:36:05 +0200
To: nupam@med.unc.edu
Subject: Homepage
X-URL: http://www.med.unc.edu/~nupam/why.html

Dear Nupam

I have looked at your page one more time and I can see severel things which are much better.

If you know some interesting webpages about India, history and the about the coins (for instans my page about coins of Danish India) then you should make a links with them.

I have made a link for your webpage from my website.

Uno Barner Jensen

Jun 24 '97 at 3:31
To: nupam@med.unc.edu
Subject: Ancient coins
X-URL: http://www.med.unc.edu/~nupam/common1.html

Dear Sir:

We were fascinated and thrilled at your presentation on the subject matter. It is the factual content that appealed to us, since we tend to get carried away emotionally or because of no documentation.

Ivaar Lissner in his book "The silent past" mentions about coins that depicts Buddha (in toga?) minted somewhere in Gandhara. May be you want to mention facts relating to it.

We hope that you will continue to keep us informed about our history or latest archaeological discoveries that are revealed thru coins.


From Dayanidhi Raman
Jun 23 '97 at 12:30
To: nupam@med.unc.edu
Subject: I put a link to your page

Hi Nupam,
Your home page is excellent, marvellous, stupendous, & gorgeous as well. I have put a link to your home page which can be found at
Good job again!


From Srinivas Padmanabhuni
Jun 21 '97 at 10:23
Subject: Coins page
To: nupam@med.unc.edu


Your coins page is great!!

Nice to see such antique quality information and such dedication to a hobby.

Could you please include the link to http://www.samilan.com (SAIR- A search engine for India) in your links page. I have linked your page to history section of that.

Srinivas P

Dear Nupam,

Its been long time we have communicated with each other. Recently i had been successful in opening ur web page. Its amazing, congrats on its success! Infact i am myself learning from it. U r great! How r other things going on in ur end? How is work? Reply whenever u find time.

Meera Patturajan
Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine,
Baltimore MD

From Sumedh Barde
May 23 '97 at 1:20 pm -240
Subject: Re: hello
To: nupam@med.unc.edu (Nupam P Mahajan)

Yes, the page looks very well organized now. I like the amount of general history that you have supplied besides description of the coins.
BTW, weren't Kalidas and Aryabhatta both patronized by Chandragupta II ? Similarly Akbar also patronized the navaratna. Maybe you should supply links to scientific and cultural achievements during each of the prominent dynasties/kings.
A map of ancient india (or several maps) showing extent of each dynasty and the places you mention, and/or place where the coin was discovered might help.


From Gangadhara Sailaja
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 1997 12:51:44 +0800 (SST)
To: Nupam P Mahajan
Subject: Re: your mail

dear nupam ,

It was fantastic and beautiful. i have showed it to my lab mates also. i will write about it when i finish going through all of them. when did you find time to do all these things. good . keep it up! do you have all those gold coins and silver coins with you. you never showed me or told me about them when we were in IISC.i would have looked at them. really i missed the chance. because i know that, gold coins and silver coins were used by people long back.but i have never seen them exept in books or museums.


From Shastry, Mythili
Date: 29 Mar 1997 15:55:18 -0500
Subject: RE: HI!
To: Nupam P Mahajan

Dear Nupam,

Hi! Yes, I got to u'r web page just now. I guess our system was down or not responding when i tried last time.

It's really good and I'm impressed by the information u have collected. I must confess that I have not read the whole thing yet (will take a print-out and go through it. However, I did notice a few typos in the first few paras and I hope u don't mind my bringing it up. Some of the Indian states have been spelt wrong, Gujrat, Rajsthan unless u have done it deliberately, 'cos these are the old spellings. There are a couple of articles missing in some of the lines in para 3. OK, more later, I've got to go now.


From Ballabh Garg
Date: Sat, 10 May 1997 11:32:57 +0500 (GMT)
X-Sender: bgarg@sparc
To: Nupam P Mahajan
Subject: Re: Indian coins

Hi Mr. Nupam,

Sorry for a late reply. Yes, I had received your previous mail and visited your wonderful site of Indian coins. Really it is a good site for Indian coins lover.

Write me when you are planning to come India, and I will be happy to arrange a meeting for you with some very good dealers.will write more in next mail. Keep in touch.

your Numismatic Friend,

From Aditi Majumder
Subject: webpage
To: nupam@med.unc.edu (Nupam P Mahajan)
Date: Mon, 26 May 1997 14:02:39 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Nupam:

wow.. what an awesom webpage. More than about coins, i brushed my fundas in history. good work.


It was really an awesome webpage. I enjoyed it a lot.


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