DOOMDOOMA, Nov 20 - The Ahom kings ruled the Brahmaputra valley of Assam from 1228 to 1826. The Ahom rule in Assam is also known for maintaining its sovereignty for nearly 600 years and successfully resisting Mughal expansion in Northeast India.
The historical remains of the Ahom rule are scattered across Assam, especially in the undivided Sivasagar district. But, due to the lackadaisical attitude of the State government many antiques and assets of this golden era of Assam history are yet to be preserved in proper way.
On the other hand, many such antiques, including the coins struck by the Ahom kings, were drained off to some other places besides some foreign countries during the British regime in India.
According to information, one private company of Mumbai is going to auction 450 rare coins of the Ahom age shortly. It is, however, not known how these rare coins have landed in the hands of this private company. The company named �Bombay Auction� has published the details of the coins to be auctioned in its official website.
According to it, Bombay Auction will auction the rare Ahom era coins on December 21 from 2 pm onwards at the Haldiram Banquet Hall of 24, Ballygunge Park, Kolkata in conjunction with Mudra Utsav 2019, organised by the Numismatic Society of Calcutta.
In the 98-page details of the auction published by Bombay Auction in its official website, descriptions of the coins with photographs are mentioned. The coins that were struck during the rule of Joydhwaj Singha, Chakradhwaj Singha, Gadadhar Singha, Rudra Singha, Siva Singha and his queens, Pramatta Singha, Lakshmi Singha, Gaurinath Singha, Rajeswar Singha, Kamales-war Singha, Chandrakanta Singha, Jogeswar Singha, Bharath Singha (a Moamoria rebel leader who ruled the kingdom after the Moamoria rebellion) and Sarbananda Singha (Motok king). The lowest bid for the auction has been fixed from Rs 15,000 to Rs 6 lakh.
Now the question arises whether these rare coins, which are assets of the State, can be brought to Assam. The State government can take the initiative to bring back these antiques to Assam.
Meanwhile, various organisations, including the Asom Ahom Sabha, have urged the State government to initiate necessary steps to bring back these rare coins of the Ahom age. Will the State government take an initiative in this regard?