A business in old coins
Mr. P.K.Keshavamurthy is a BSNL employee presently stationed at Hunsur. His passion is collection of stamps, coins and notes.
With his huge collection of rare and unique coins and notes from all over the world and of different periods of history, he attracts even researchers and scholars for study and obtaining history’s missing links, apart from a large number of students and children having stamp collection as their hobby.
Prof. A.V.Narasimha Murthy, former Professor of Ancient History of Mysore University and a renowned numismatist says, “Old coins are part of our heritage. They are historical evidences. By arduously collecting them over the last 20 years, Mr Keshavamurthy has contributed significantly to preserve this heritage.”
his unique and large collection, Mr. Keshavamurthy has come to preserve
the history of coinage. He held his 100th coin exhibition in Mysore for
three days from December 9. “This is a record. No one has done so
many exhibitions in India,” adds Prof.
attracting hobbyists and students, he also trades in coins and notes during
the exhibitions. He has turned his hobby into a business also.
Asked about the genuiness of ‘rare’ coins sold on pavements
in several places, Prof. Narasimha Murthy, who is the General Secretary
of Numismatists’ Association of South India, cautions, “Unfortunately
all those are not genuine coins. To fake rare coins has become a business
for some today. A genuine Ram Tanka costs around Rs. 20,000-30,000. But
you can buy