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Coins and currencies: Taka Museum makes history travel easier

  • Published at 10:26 am September 24th, 2018
Taka Museum
FILE PHOTO: Visitors at the Taka Museum (currency museum) at Mirpur, Mirpur on March 4, 2018 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh Bank established the museum, the first of its kind in the country, beside the Bangladesh Bank Training Academy with a collection of over three thousand coins and currency notes

If one feels the urge to discover the history of currencies and explore the various aspects of evolution of human civilization, especially that of the Bangali through coins and currencies of different eras, the Taka Museum (Currency Museum) at Mirpur in the city is the right place to do so.

Bangladesh Bank established the museum, the first of its kind in the country, beside the Bangladesh Bank Training Academy with a collection of over three thousand coins and currency notes.

Keeper of the Taka Museum Dr Achia Khanom Likhon said:“Former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman took the initiative in 2012 to establish the museum equipped with modern technology and facilities to preserve and exhibit the history and tradition of currency,” reported UNB.

“In 2009, the museum was established on the third floor of the main building of the central bank at Motijheel, but that was not open to all. Now, visitors can visit the ‘Taka Museum’free of cost.”

At the museum, coins and currencies are currently exhibited in two galleries. The first contains 43 display cases with approximately 1100 objects.  The story of the evolution of coins and currencies starts right here.

The gallery shows its visitors how people traded goods long before the tradition of coins and bank notes prevailed.

The ancient silver punch marked coins of the fourth to second century BC (Before Christ)speak of the earliest history of coins in Indian subcontinent.

The collection also includes Kushan coins from 30 to 375 AD (Anno Domini), Indo Greek Silver coins from 2nd to 1st century AD, Cowry shells, Harikel Coin from 7th to 9th century AD.

Taka Museum (Currency Museum) at Mirpur, Dhaka on March 4, 2018 | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Next to the huge collection of Harikel coins brought from the ancient archaeological site, Mainamati, coins from the time of Delhi and Bengal Sultans and Mughal Emperors are showcased in detail in different sections.

Gold coins of Chandragupta are also one of the main attractions of the gallery, while another attraction is the collection of rare bank notes of China, Russia and Germany, Achia Khanom, the keeper of the museum said.

From the symbols of British India from 1947 to the Pakistani coins and bank notes till 1971 are also showcased at the gallery.

Coins, bank notes and commemorative notes of all values and designs are showcased along with relevant details.

Besides different currencies, the gallery also exhibits different pouches and pots which were used to preserve coins in ancient times as well as different dices, which were used to make coins.

The second gallery showcases coins and currencies of about 120 countries including India, China, Cambodia, Mauritius, Kazakhstan, Syria, Bahrain, Oman, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Australia and many more.

Taka Museum (Currency Museum) at Mirpur, Dhaka on March 4, 2018 | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Digital technologies, including 3D television and LCD display, are seen at the museum while visitors can print souvenir noteswith face imprints using the digital kiosk photo booth for Tk50.

With the growing interest among visitors, the second floor of Bangladesh Bank Training Academy has been allocated for the extension of the Taka Museum, Dr Achia said adding that two more galleries, a library, laboratory, multipurpose cineplex, children’s corner are under construction.

Visiting hours of the museum is from 11am to 5pm from Saturday to Wednesday. The museum remains closed on Thursdays except on National holidays.

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