Writen by Dr. Swapan Kumar Thakur
Sekh Asraf Ali, is one of the most popular archaeologists of Mangalkot. He has collected various items of archaeology from different sites of this area. For example, from the tropical era, various types of monuments, terracotta plaques, clay of historic age Bidas, ivory and stone fancy goods and coins. Among these, there are several pieces of copper cast coins. Ashraf’s collection is quite huge. The square shaped coins are 67, rectangular shaped coins are 22 and 13 of the different shapes.
The Historians believe that copper coins were mainly introduced in the Maurya-Shung-Kusana-Gupta era. There is nothing written in these coins. There is neither the name of the king nor the image of ‘Dev-Devi’ (God & Goddess). But It is closely related to the life of the people. The agrarian society has become a symbol of the coins. Even there is the image of the portrait of the animals such as elephants, bulls, horses, snake camels etc. On the coins, there are The signs and symbols of faith in religion, such as cross marks, heap, Swastika, Altar, railing plant, or Bodhi tree etc. Also, many unknown sign and symbols are seen in these coins. In addition, there are strange matches in the symbols drawn in the windows and doors of the village and in the temples. Experts believe that the coins were made of molten copper palm in the mold of clay. Across the collected currency of Ashraf, the Average weight of the coins are of 3.57 grams. Various coins have been found from various places in West Bengal such as Chandraketugarh, Baural, Pokhara, etc..
In addition to Mangalkot of Katwa, Copper Cast coins were found from Ankhona, Majhigram of Ketugram too.
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