The Coins of the English East India Company: Presidency Series A Catalogue and Pricelist by Stevens, P.
Hardback and Paperback, 562 pages with colour illustrations throughout.
This catalogue presents a list of all coins known to have
been issued by the East India Company for use in their Presidencies of Bengal, Bombay and Madras. Each of the main sections covers the coins of
one Presidency with chapters on the coins issued from the main mint in the area
– Calcutta, Bombay or Madras – as well as chapters on coins issued from local
and transitional mints, most of which were not covered in Major Pridmore’s
seminal work on the subject.
There are many hundreds of new types and varieties with
colour illustrations and drawings as well as transliterations and translations
of the native inscriptions, particularly those in Persian. Estimated values are given in US dollars.
About the author:
Dr Paul Stevens began his working career as a research
scientist looking for new medicines; later he became a senior manager within a
multinational company before taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on
his numismatic interests.
Dr Stevens started collecting coins as a boy, encouraged by
his grandfather, who had formed a good collection of English coins. During the 1970s his interest switched from
English to Indian coins, particularly those produced by the British for use in
India. Later, this expanded to cover all
‘Indian’ coins, in the widest sense of the term, but mostly focusing on coins
issued after the Islamic invasions.
Although primarily a collector, Dr Stevens has spent many
hundreds of hours in the British Library exploring the history behind the
coins, particularly that found in the archives of the East India Company scriptions, particularly those in Persian. Estimated values are given in US dollars.