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Old coins, rare weapons draw crowd | SNE

By  The Tribune .
Feb 11, 2018

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Patiala, February 10

An exhibition of old and rare weapons, manuscripts and coins was organised by Narinderpal Singh at the art gallery of the North Zone Cultural Centre, here today. Narinderpal is the collector of the old items. The World Punjabi Development Conference was also held on the occasion.

The exhibition included copper and silver coins of Nabha, Kaithal, Patiala and Jind states, besides those released by the 12 Sikh misls, which were dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh. What fascinated people the most were the weapons which were used during the Mughal-Sikh wars. Swords, kartar and daggers from the old Sikh era caught everybody’s attention.

“One person has done so much to preserve the rich heritage of Sikh religion,” said a visitor to the exhibition.

Narinderpal, who is the general secretary of the National Numismatic Society, said, “The government must preserve the rich heritage of Punjab so that future generations could experience the history of the region through these relics.

”A mechanical engineer by profession, Narinderpal has many a rare collection that includes a two-and-a-half rupee currency note released by the Republic of Indonesia, a 25 rupee note released by Nepal Rashtra Bank and a collection of currency notes released by Saddam Hussain.

Narinderpal told The Tribune that the motive behind collecting these articles associated with the Sikh history was to make the younger generation aware of their rich cultural background. He has also formed a museum under the name of Akal Sahai Museum in Ludhiana.

“It all started as a hobby as I was keen on collecting old and rare coins. After some time, it turned into a passion. Now, I try to procure everything that is rare and associated with the Sikh history. I have sold my land and assets to collect these coins, manuscripts, and weapons. I do not mind paying the price for these valuables which are invaluable for Sikh history and culture,” said Narinderpal.

Narinder has organised 196 exhibitions in various schools across the state, to date.   

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