From left, Siddique Mahmudur Rahman, writer of Cowri to Taka; Kazi Wahidul Alam, publisher of the book; Atiur Rahman, Governor, Bangladesh Bank; eminent lawyer Barrister Rafique-ul Haque,; and Prof Sirajul Islam, president of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, pose with copies of the book launched at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.
'From ancient times to the 19th century, the people of Bengal have used the cowri (kori) as a medium of exchange. Its use first began to decline after British rule acquired monopoly in issuing and controlling the medium of exchange in the second half of the 19th century. Paper currency was first introduced then', writes Siddique Mahmudur Rahman in his book 'Cowri to Taka, Evolution of Coins and Currencies of Bangladesh'.
The book was launched yesterday at Sonargaon Hotel. Governor, Bangladesh Bank (BB) Atiur Rahman, President, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Professor Sirajul Islam and eminent lawyer Barrister Rafique-ul Haque spoke at the event.
Published by Kazi Wahidul Alam of Triune-Monitor Publication, the writer of the 132-page book familiarises readers with the coins of Bangladesh through the ages. It includes more than 200 colour pictures of the currencies of different periods.
It is an important form of documentation of the history of currencies, said Barrister Rafique-ul Haque.
The governor of the central bank said the book would help research and be helpful to coin collectors.
“Currency is not a medium of exchange only. It reflects the culture and heritage of a nation. If we can educate our children about the history of currency, they will get to know a lot about our past,” said the governor.
BB recently released different types of notes and coins with various exchange values of up to Tk 1,000 with the portrait of the nation's founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with historical mosques, Shaheed Minar and Sangsad Bhaban. Three more types of notes -- Tk 10, Tk 20, and Tk 50 -- will be released this year.
BB will also issue commemorative coins, marking 40 years of Bangladesh's independence, the 150-year birth anniversary of literary genius Rabindranath Tagore, 90 years of the publication of poetry --Bidrohee of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, he added.