During Deepawali “the festival of lights,” the followers of Hinduism purchase gold and silver coins from goldsmiths on which Lord Ram, his wife Sita, and younger brother Laxman and his disciple devotee Hanuman are engraved on one side and goddess Laxmi on other. Also, gold and silver coins of Hindu gods and goddesses are gifted during marriages. These coins are token coins, and they do not have any currency values. However, they rely on the intrinsic value of the metal they are made of. In November 2013, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) minted a coin on which goddess Durga riding a lion was engraved. The ancient Hindu kings used to mint coins where gods and goddesses were engraved. This entry will discuss the numismatics with reference to Hinduism.
India has developed some of the world’s first and finest coins, and Hindu scholars believe that earliest minted coins were as old as 600 BCE, and they were called Karshapana. Historical linguists believe that the...
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