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Using coins as money was not unknown in ancient India. Suvarṇa, śatamāna and niṣka are some of the words used to indicate these. The word ‘niṣka’ occurs in the Atharvaveda<ref>Atharvaveda 5.14.3</ref> and refers to a necklace of niṣka.<ref>Niṣka means may be a gold-coin or a thin plate of gold.</ref> The Ṛgveda<ref>Ṛgveda 2.33.10</ref> refers to Rudra as wearing a ‘Viśvarupaniṣka’.<ref>Viśvarupaniṣka means the golden pieces stamped with various figures.</ref>
Using coins as money was not unknown in ancient India. Suvarṇa, śatamāna and niṣka are some of the words used to indicate these.
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The word ‘niṣka’ occurs in the Atharvaveda (5.14.3) and refers to a necklace of niṣka (may be a gold-coin or a thin plate of gold).
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The Rgveda (2.33.10) refers to Rudra as wearing a ‘Viśvarupaniṣka’ (golden pieces stamped with various figures).
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==Niṣka by Weight==
 
The following table can give an idea of the niṣka by weight:
 
The following table can give an idea of the niṣka by weight:
  
Weight of 5 liquorice seeds = 1 māsa
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108 suvarṇas = 1 niṣka.
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‘Dināra’ seems to be another name used for niṣka.
 
‘Dināra’ seems to be another name used for niṣka.
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
 
* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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Using coins as money was not unknown in ancient India. Suvarṇa, śatamāna and niṣka are some of the words used to indicate these.
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The word ‘niṣka’ occurs in the Atharvaveda (5.14.3) and refers to a necklace of niṣka (may be a gold-coin or a thin plate of gold).
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The Rgveda (2.33.10) refers to Rudra as wearing a ‘Viśvarṅpaniska’ (golden pieces stamped with various figures).
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The following table can give an idea of the niṣka by weight:
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Weight of 5 liquorice seeds = 1 māṣa
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16 māṣas = 1 suvarṇa
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108 suvarṇas = 1 niṣka.
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‘Dināra’ seems to be another name used for niṣka.
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Revision as of 07:52, 24 June 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Niṣka, Definition

Using coins as money was not unknown in ancient India. Suvarṇa, śatamāna and niṣka are some of the words used to indicate these. The word ‘niṣka’ occurs in the Atharvaveda[1] and refers to a necklace of niṣka.[2] The Ṛgveda[3] refers to Rudra as wearing a ‘Viśvarupaniṣka’.[4]

Niṣka by Weight

The following table can give an idea of the niṣka by weight:

Weight of 5 liquorice seeds 1 māsa
16 māṣas 1 suvarṇa
108 suvarṇas 1 niṣka

‘Dināra’ seems to be another name used for niṣka.


References

  1. Atharvaveda 5.14.3
  2. Niṣka means may be a gold-coin or a thin plate of gold.
  3. Ṛgveda 2.33.10
  4. Viśvarupaniṣka means the golden pieces stamped with various figures.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore