The latest BP Podcast is up. You can listen on Libsyn, iTunes and Stitcher. Probably the easiest way to keep up the podcast since we don’t have a regular schedule is to subscribe at one of the links above. You can also support the podcast as a patron (the primary benefit now is that you get the podcasts considerably earlier than everyone else). Show-notes after the jump!
I spoke to Mohit Kapoor who is a Numismatist. He is a very patient and excellent speaker; I really enjoyed speaking with him and I hope we can do another podcast soon in the future.
The topics we touched on:
(1.) History of coinage in India.
(2.) The Earliest Coins to be found in India. The Roman Trade.
(3.) What would be the mark of an “Indian coin.”
(4.) Centralised authority in India and why is it important to consider that question for Coinage.
(5.) The Iranian influences on Indian Coins.
(6.) Inferring the Wealth of a society from Coinage.
(7.) The Importance of Coinage to Kingship in medieval India.
(8.) The Mughal-English overlap was particularly fascinating in the last third of the podcast. It demonstrates the intricacies of what Indian principalities were at the time and how the Brits had to “tip-toe” their way in India.
As an aside this is why I found that Coloniser’s remarks since this podcast essentially disproves the offensive idea of England “inventing India” as ahistorical.
(9.) We then discussed coins from a more technical perpsective; the most beautiful and prolific coins.
Mohit was excellent and I felt privileged to be listen and learn from someone so knowledgeable about our history.