niska 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 (5.14.3) and refers to a necklace of niṣka (may be a gold-coin or a thin plate of gold). The Rgveda (2.33.10) refers to Rudra as wearing a ‘Viśvarṅpaniska’ (golden pieces stamped with various figures). The following table can give an idea of the niṣka by weight: Weight of 5 liquorice seeds = 1 māṣa 16 māṣas = 1 suvarṇa 108 suvarṇas = 1 niṣka. ‘Dināra’ seems to be another name used for niṣka.