The book has been divided on the basis of various dynasties which ruled in succession from Delhi and at the end of each dynasty, have been added copious notes discussing in detail the coinage and the salient features of the coins of each dynasty or issued by each ruler. Particularly useful are the eight Appendices at the end of the book which deal respectively with the Metrology of the early Sultans of Delhi, assay made by Dr. S.W. Smith and Dr. H.J. Plenderleith on the coins, a table of ornaments or mint-marks, phrases and titles found on the coins, a list of the Abbasid Khalifas in Egypt, comparative table of the years of the Hijra and of the Christian era, grains and grammes-table of equivalents and geographical index besides twenty-four plates containing the reproduction of the coins and a map of India showing the mints.
It subsequently seemed desirable to take the opportunity to extend the scope of the Catalogue and make it a corpus' of the coins of the Sultans of Dehli. Sixty-five years have elapsed since the publication in 1871 of The Chronicles of the Pathan Icings of Dehli by that distinguished scholar and pioneer of Indian numismatics Edward Thomas of the Bengal Civil Service. Though Thomas had, in 1847, written a small volume On the Coins of the Patan Sultans of Hindustan, followed by a supplementary contribution in 1852, the publication of The Chronicles has always been regarded as the starting-point for the study of the coins of the Sultans of Dehli. It describes some 320 coins of those Sultans.' The British Museum in 1884 possessed 642 coins of that series.2 The Catalogue of the Indian Museum cum Asiatic Society of Bengal Collection, published in 1907, recorded 899 coins, and in 1925 the Lucknow Provincial Museum issued a catalogue describing 1,045 coins of the Sultans.
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