Kavan Ratnatunga of Sri Lanka was the first to respond to the items on new numismatic books offered by Bagchee in India. Here’s his note about the PunchMark book, which was offered by Bagchee at $119.70 . Thanks!
It is amazing what some Indian Book sellers charge in the USA for
Books from India.
The List price of the PunchMark book is US$42 at IIRNS Publications:
They invoiced me with additional US$12 postage to Sri Lanka.
However IIRNS don't accept credit cards or PayPal
and my Bank wanted US$30 to do the transfer to their account.
So the best source is given below from a posting by Jim Farr in the South Asia Coins Croup - it's half the price of Bagchee even after their 10% discount
which is more like a 100% surcharge :-).
The second edition of Gupta and Hardaker, Punchmarked Coinage of the Indian Subcontinent, is available from www.printsasia.com. The link to the book is here:
They are located in New York, accept credit cards, and charge no shipping costs to U. S. addresses. They are offering the book at $48.99.
This is a very good deal for those of us who live in the U. S.
I just checked international shipping charges. They appear to charge $9.00 everywhere, so the total for international orders would be $57.99. So, it appears that you could order it from there for a decent price without worrying about bank charges if you use your credit card.
Chris Freeman also endorses www.printasia.com.
www.printsasia.com has this title for about half delivered to the US than the publisher in India does. Scott Semans posted a link to them on his website (www.coincoin.com), so that is how I knew about it. I ordered a copy for less than $58 delivered. Just thought I would pass it along.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: PUNCHMARKED COINAGE OF THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT
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