Finance Minister unveils J&k’s first Coinage Calendar

JAMMU: Minister for Finance, Labour and  Employment Haseeb  Drabu on Tuesday presented the “Heritage Calendar-2018” of Department of Culture representing the “JK’s Numismatic Heritage”  through the coinages which were prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir during ancient era.
Drabu while speaking on occasion said, the Heritage Calendar of Directorate of Archives Archaeology and Museums represents the distinctive and rich numismatic coinage of the state dating back to 350-150 BC till Dogra Coinage. These copper, silver, and gold coins have also been displayed in the state museum of the department, Drabu added.
While going through the coinage details on the various leaves of the calendar, the Minister said one can get detailed knowledge of the chronological history of its coinage in different periods of the state.
Drabu said, “The theme on coinage for the Heritage Calendar is aimed at inculcating a sense of the coinage of State from the early past to recent era for the citizens, especially students,” adding that the calendar is a platform which not only makes our citizen aware of our rich heritage but also instills in them a sense of  preservation of their legacy.
The notable features of the Heritage Calendar represents the Punch-Marka coins (350-150 BC), the Indo-Greek coinage (92-93 BC), the Indo-Scythians coinage (57-35 BC), the Kushan coinage (100-120 AD), the Huns coins (400-500 AD), the Hindu coinage (700-800 AD),  the Sultan Coinage (1420-1470), the Mughal Coinage (1606-27),  the Durani Coinage (1747-72), the Sikh Coinage (1799-1839 AD) and the Dogra Coinage (1842-1850).
Along with Haseeb Drabu, Minister of State for Culture Priya Sethi, Commissioner Secretary, Culture Dilshad Khan, Director, Archives Archaeology and Museums Mohammad Shafi Zahid were also present on the occasion.

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