'Numis Phila' takes visitors to bygone era

The collections that were exhibited on the occasion are owned by three enthusiasts, namely K Vittaldas Shanbhag, M Jayaprakash Rao and Nagendra Nayak.  The two-day expo is organised at T A Pai Hindi Bhavan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first ever coin and stamp exhibition held in South Canara in 1971.

Nagendra Rao informed Deccan Herald that the collection is a blend of many commemorations. The stamps, coins and currencies represent the affluent times and generations of many years, he added.

The collections comprised of coins belonging to Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan era. The coins issued by Krishnaraj Wodeyar and Deewan Purnayya were also displayed on the occasion.

The coins of Alupas of Karnataka mesmerised the viewers with the shiny layer that still exits on the outer surface of the coins.

In addition, the coins commemorating the first war of independence showcased the pictures of the heroes who dedicated their lives for the cause of freedom.

The currencies that are displayed include the currencies of yesteryears in contrast with the present day currencies issued by the government of India.

The currency carrying the picture of late Princess Diana issued by the British government augmented the beauty of the show with its huge imprints.

The stamp collections have varieties in the strands that were showcased on the occasion.  Right from the stamps representing Hindu mythology to till date, all sorts of stamps were displayed.

The stamps representing the UNESCO world heritage sites were in fact focused on the knowledge over various heritage sites.

Stamps displaying the pictures of Ajanta, Ellora, Fatehpur Sikhri, Elephanta caves, Mahabhodhi temple were an added attraction.  The permanent cancellation depicts, special post mark, withdrawn issues, official issues, maximum cards, cancelled to order stamps, coils, charity stamps, definitive stamps were also part of the show.

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