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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 2, January 11, 2009, Article 15

ARTICLE PROFILES INDIAN BOY'S HUGE NUMISMATIC COLLECTION

An E-Sylum reader forwarded this story about a boy in India and the large numismatic collection he's assembled. -Editor
An Indian boy's passion for collecting coins is definitely something to write home about. A resident of Bhubaneswar in eastern Orissa state, Devi Prasad Maharaj is a proud owner of about 40,000 coins, many of them rare and antique.

The first rendezvous with antique coins for this 15-year-old numismatist came at an early age, when he received some coins from his grandfather.

Drawn by their rustic old-world charm Prasad was initiated into the hobby, which has now become a passion for him. Over the time, he has gathered coins and even some currency notes from different sources across India.

"I have gathered these coins from different places. Some from exhibitions, some from mints, I had to become a member of the mints to get the coins from there. Then some people also gifted me coins and I even got coins from people outside my state," said Devi Prasad Maharaj, coin collector.

Prasad's collection of coins and currency notes is quite varied and currencies from different countries adorn his prized treasure.

Coins dating back to 18th century, Elizabethan era, gold coins which were in use during the reign of ancient and medieval Indian rulers, pennies, and other unique coins with imprints of animals and gods and much more, form a part of his collection.

To read the complete article, see: Indian boy sitting on a treasure trove of rare coins (http://www.timesnow.tv/Newsdtls.aspx?NewsID=25056)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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