Pune: Coinex, a numismatic exhibition, organised by the International Collectors Society of Rare Items, Pune, was inaugurated on December 15 at Sonal Hall, Karve Road.
Collectors from across Pune displayed their collection of coins, currency notes, stamp papers and medals, some of them being theme based.
Some coins, currency notes, stamp papers and medals on display are as old as first century AD while those from the medieval period and the Mughal era are also on display. In the exhibition, a special cover of Indus Valley Civilization was inaugurated by the Post Master General, Pune, Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar. Sawaleshwarkar said, "Till now, several other such special postal covers have been released by us like Pandharpur Wari special cover, Ganpati special cover, forts special cover, special cover on Aptyachi paan and many more. These special covers are printed in limited numbers and the collectors collect it based on the relevance of one's subject."
The displays from the exhibition include gold, silver, copper coins from fifth century BC, coins from Awadh, Maharashtra, Mughal rulers, hammer stroke coins, Mashaki-smallest denominations of the Punch Mark coins, Shivkalin dump coins, world coins and many other such coins. Along with it, there were stamp papers in modi lipi and medals of Indian Army Regiments, right from First World War, till date. The centre of attraction is the coin showcasing Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja's coins of gold, copper and silver, from 1622 to 1680 AD. The coins are round with a 1.1 cm diameter and weigh 2.7 to 2.9 gm.
Vineet Vaidya, collector of world coins, said, "I started collecting coins from the age of 14 and now, I have world coins and currency notes of 50 states of USA, 12 provinces of Canada, 25 provinces of Sri Lanka, which are on display at the exhibition. After knowing about the coins and the importance of it, I started collecting it from collectors, from auctions and online."
Along with the display of coins, the exhibition also had auction stalls. Pundalik Baliga, of Imperial Auction from Pimpri, said, "We have coins from 2,000 BC, till date. These coins are auctioned right from Rs 200 to Rs 50 lakh. The value of these coins is considered on the rarity and condition of the coins. In the auction, we see people purchasing them mostly from Pune."
The visitors at the exhibition gained knowledge, as they could see rare items of the early ages. Aditi Patil, a student of Mass Communication, visiting the exhibition said, "I have a note of Nepal and I am unable to identify which era it belongs to. Also, this exhibition is motivating me to start collecting rare coins and notes."