Professor Dr. Philippe Taugourdeau
was a French geologist who specialised in the study of
microfossils. He started collecting coins at a very young age. His
first collection focused on the Roman Emperors and the sale of this
enabled him to buy his first microscope.
His decision to focus on Indian
numismatics came while participating in a geology congress in India
in 1977 with his wife who was also a geologist. For more than 25
years after that first visit he built up his collection through
direct purchases on subsequent trips to India and mail contacts
with reputable dealers, eventually enlarging it to cover all eras
and Indian civilisations.
Nowadays it is very unusual to see
such a huge and comprehensive range of coins from south Asia
offered at one auction. Naturally, every very major dynasty and
historical period is represented, and such a long duration of
dedicated collecting has been rewarded by several rare coins many
collectors never see. For example the copper portrait coin issued
by the Gupta emperor Chandragupta II (534) is extremely rare,
especially in such good condition.
The coins of ancient India are a
focus of interest with 31 lots representing coins from the 6th
century BC onwards (lots 501-31), most notably a rare Audumbara
coin (lot 523) featuring a horse and elephant.
The collection contains many coins
issued by the Indo-Greek kingdoms of northwest India (lots 536-49),
and also South India (lots 570-81); this section including an
interesting lot of early Travancore and Venad Chera coins (lot
580). Sri Lanka is also well represented, the highlights being some
unusual oblong coins from the very earliest period known as Lakshmi
plaques (lot 666). Due to the fact that interest in these coins is
worldwide, and nowadays most collectors choose to bid from the
comfort of their home, we have decided to offer this important
collection as our first ever timed internet-only auction of coins.
However those wishing to view the lots in the traditional way will
still be welcome to do so at our London office in the days leading
up to the auction on 29th September. and an extremely rare copper
coin bearing early Buddhist symbols believed to have been struck by
the Pandya dynasty between the 2nd century BC and the early 1st
century (lot 665).
Zodiac Rupees of the Mughal Empire
are always in demand and lot 585 contains one featuring the twins
of Gemini, struck at Ahmadabad for the Mughal ruler Jahangir, the
very next lot being a heavy 'Sawai' Rupee of the same ruler. The
core of this extensive collection is the Indian Princely States
(lots 594-636), highlights being the Nazarana or presentation
Rupees of Bikanir State (600-601), Jaipur (616- 7), Kotah (622-23),
Radhanpur (631), a rare 'Mudra' piece of Tukoji Rao II of
Indore depicting a sun face (lot 611), a gold 25- Kori of Kutch
dated 1863 (lot 624), and 2/3-Rupee of Mewar (lot 628), a selection
of coins of British India and the Indian Republic, notably some fi
ne proofs in lot 660.
For more information about this
sale, please contact Barbara Mears:
Tel: +44 (0)207 563 4091 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org