[Collection of coins, possibly from Sopara.]
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a collection of coins, possibly from Sopara, taken by Henry Cousens in 1898. Sopara was a port and an important religious and trading centre from about B.C 1500 to A.D 1300. Cousens mentions finding a hoard of 31 coins (not the number seen here) at Sopara. In the Progress report for the Archaeological Survey of Western India for the year ending 30th June 1898, he wrote, "We got no less than 31 old coins of sorts in copper lead, and silver. The older ones, which are of the Buddhist period, are much corroded. Upon two is the kurma or tortoise symbol, some have the cross and circles, and others a lion, while one is a small silver Gupta coin (?). Several Muhammadan ones are among them, chiefly of the kings of Ahmadabad, one being a specially fine silver coin of Mahmud. Having been away on leave for three months, I have not yet had these coins satisfactorily examined."