When one begins talking about collections and archiving, Shabbir Bhai’s face lights up, reflecting his passion for collecting not only stamps and coins, but also books. Originally from nearby Sangamner, Shabbir Shaikh Ahmed, now in his fifties, lives and works in Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. He has been collecting postal stamps and coins of India from the post-Independence era. The coin collection also includes some copper mints and British silver mints from the 15th Century. He once came across a coin from the period of the Nizamshahi dynasty, which ruled over the Sultanate of Ahmednagar from 1494 to 1636 C.E. This triggered his interest in the history of Nagar (Ahmednagar is popularly referred to as Nagar) and he set out to search for books on the history of Nagar.
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