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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 8, February 19, 2006, Article 6

NEW BOOK: THE ALUPAS: COINAGE AND HISTORY

A new book has been published on the coinage of the Alupas,
a powerful dynastic family of India.  "The Alupas: Coinage
and History" was written by Govindraya Prabhu S & Nithyananda
Pai M.  The book was published in January 2006 in an edition
of 500 paperback copies, with 40 color plates.

The book "covers the coinage and history of the Alupas,
which ruled the modern districts of Udupi and Mangalore and
parts of Shimoga and Uttara Kannada districts in the state
of Karanataka, India. It describes the history of the Alupas
from the 5th century until the 15th century C.E., based
primarily on the study of over one hundred twenty epigraphs.

The book also narrates the only known copper plate grant of
the Alupa dynasty, and publishes over 175 unique coins issued
by the dynasty, which are mainly in gold. The book illustrates
for the first time, with the help of high resolution colour
scans, several silver taras and nearly 70 unpublished varieties
of gold fanams.

Of a total of eighty unique Gadyanas (so called Pagodas),
over 50 are published in this book for the first time. The
book brings the collections of over 20 collectors worldwide
to the limelight."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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