He spent 30 years col­lect­ing rare coins. Now, he wants to sell them all

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KHARGHAR: Col­lect­ing coins may just be a hobby to many, but for Mo­hammed Ibrahim, 55, ev­ery coin is pre­cious.

Ibrahim, a Kharghar res­i­dent, started col­lect­ing coins when he was 20. It soon be­came a pas­sion, and he started comb­ing vil­lages and his­tor­i­cal sites all over the coun­try to add to his grow­ing col­lec­tion, aban­don­ing his day job as an elec­tri­cian to pur­sue his in­ter­est.

Now, thirty years later, he has a trea­sury of coins from al­most all the great his­tor­i­cal em­pires of the coun­try. His col­lec­tion of coins from Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji’s regime has fas­ci­nated both ad­mir­ers of Shivaji and em­i­nent his­to­ri­ans. And, he got Rs2 lakh for a rare 1897 coin is­sued dur­ing the Bri­tish Raj re­cently.

“Sev­eral coin so­ci­eties now sup­port me. But I strug­gled a lot ini­tially. I just stuck to my pas­sion,” he says.

He is cer­ti­fied as a coin trader by a num­ber of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional nu­mis­matic (coin) so­ci­eties. Re­cently, he added the cer­tifi­cate of the In­ter­na­tional Nu­mis­matic Com­mis­sion, Lon­don to his col­lec­tion of cer­tifi­cates awarded by dif­fer­ent In­dian states. He is also cer­ti­fied by the Nu­mis­matic So­ci­ety of In­dia and Mum­bai coin so­ci­ety.

He has col­lected coins from an­cient em­pires of Kushans, Mu­gals, Cho­las, Marathas, King­dom of Mysore, Nizam of Hy­der­abad and Mod­ern Bri­tish In­dia. He also has kept a huge col­lec­tion of all mod­ern In­dian coins that were minted af­ter in­de­pen­dence. “Search­ing and col­lect­ing coins needs ded­i­ca­tion and ef­fort. My fam­ily mem­bers and friends are in­spired by my ef­forts in col­lect­ing an­cient coins.”

So­han Chaud­hary, a busi­ness­man in Kharghar, said “Ibrahim shares all his sto­ries and coins with his friends and fam­ily. His works in­spires us a lot and we also search arche­o­log­i­cal ma­te­ri­als and coins.’’ Ibrahim also has a huge col­lec­tion of rare coins of for­eign coun­tries too. He has col­lected coins and cur­ren­cies of Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Ja­pan, In­done­sia and Afghanista­n.

Ibrahim is cur­rently busy with his sched­ule of ex­hi­bi­tions in Nag­pur, Ban­ga­lore, Ahmed­abad and Surat. He is keen on de­vel­op­ing his col­lec­tion of coins by adding more for­eign cur­ren­cies and sell­ing his col­lec­tion to at­tract peo­ple into the pro­fes­sion.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Mo­hammed Ibrahim’s col­lec­tion is di­verse, with coins minted dur­ing Shivaji’s reign, is­sued dur­ing the Bri­tish Raj and cur­rency from an­cient em­pires.

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