Deciphering History One Coin At a Time

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mere jeb me 5 futti cowdie be nahin hain aur mein 5 lakh ka sauda kar raha hun”

Ever wondered about these “futti cowdie” dialogues in the Hindi movies?

Apparently,  cowrie shells were used as coins in eastern India not too long ago.
Learned this and more as I wrote this article about ancient Indian currency.

 

Read about economist Tandon’s work. html. pdf.