In a world flooded by the electronic media, inculcating hobbies is an uphill task. However, we at Staford, believe that everyone should have at least one hobby – one passion in life to make it interesting and worthwhile. Keeping this in view, we organized a collector’s exhibition of coins and introduced the art of Numismatics to our children. The Exhibition was put up especially for the students of class IV to VIII but was open to all the children and even the parents.
Apart from introducing the hobby, the children got a look and feel of the ancient coins- some of which they had only read or seen about in their text books. The collector had put on display some rare coins dating back to the Mughal era and earlier.
The collection of coins was displayed in four categories – Coins from Sultanate and Mughal Period, Pre-Independence India , Post-Independence India and International & rare coins. With more than 80 unique and rarest of the rare coins on display, the students got a chance to see the pattern and progress of minting technology in India, apart from getting the rare opportunity to touch, feel, weigh and hold oddly shaped, hand made, rare coins, handed down through centuries. They got the chance to see rare Asharfis, Ginnis, and several bronze, silver and copper coins right from the period of Kushans down to the present era.
To facilitate more insight into the history around the coins and to share about the art of Numismatics, the renowned numismatist Mr. Zafar, from Kakori interacted with the children and shared his experiences of accumulating the vast collection of coins over a period of 45 years. His huge and varied collection of coins and his knowledge about them left the students of Staford School really speechless. He also gave some valuable tips to the children to develop the hobby of numismatics.