Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:29 Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2012 20:09
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'.
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