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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 36, September 3, 2006, Article 13

NUMISMATIC MUSEUM OPENING IN SOUTHERN INDIA

The Sreepadam Palace in southern India is set to host a new
numismatic museum:

"It’s a much-awaited rebirth for Sreepadam Palace in the city.
After three years of uncertainty, the takeover of the palace is now
in the final lap. The palace is all set for a makeover as the city’s
first exclusive museum for coins."

“The idea was born three years ago and ever since, the takeover
proceedings have been underway. For many reasons it didn’t take
off as expected but now it is in the final stages,” Archaeology
Director V Manmadhan Nair said.

Built in the 19th century, the Victorian structure at East Fort was
meant to be the royal residence of the sister of the Travancore king
or the senior princess. It was declared a protected monument as part
of a project of the city administration to preserve monuments in
the Fort area."

"Though the Folklore Museum at Nedumangad has a gallery devoted to
coins, the city still lacks an exclusive museum for coins. The
Department of Archaeology, however, does not want it to end there.

“The museum we plan to have will exhibit gold coins, which by itself
will prove to be one of its kind in south India. The gold coins in
possession of the Department are now being kept in various treasuries.
This will be brought under the same roof to enable public viewing,”
Manmadhan Nair said.

"A museum of this kind requires the most stringent of security
measures possible — security alarms, bulletproof shelves and the
ultra-modern scanning facilities."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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