Mon, 7 Apr 2008
Software consultant and Black Mountain Coins Customer Alok Kumar Goyal, 44, was recently spotlighted in The Telegraph newspaper of Calcutta, India. See an excerpt below:
Collecting coins is this software consultant’s passion. His collection — spanning three decades — includes not just coins used across the globe but also special commemorative ones. He has lost count of the number of coins he has.
The quantity is matched by quality. Goyal has 62 sets of Republic India (which focus on developmental issues and leaders like Gandhi and Netaji), coloured coins from across the globe and coins to commemorate international women’s year, international children’s year and the first world science conference in India. The value of the rare coins is over Rs 40,000 each.
Goyal began collecting coins as a child. “My father used to get the special collections from the Reserve Bank of India. That’s how I developed my interest,” he says. He constantly keeps in touch with fellow collectors and mints to learn about the new coins in the market.
“I spend my free time on the Internet, trying to find out about new coins and exchange extra coins for the ones I don’t have,” says Goyal. His latest acquisitions are coloured coins in various shapes and sizes. He has coins from the US shaped like guitars, motorcycles, fishes and butterflies. “Coloured coins are a rage now but India does not produce such coins,” he says, showing off his new cat coin collection from the UK.
Read more about the Alok Kumar Goyal at the article "Coins shaped like guitar: Calcuttan of the week" on the Telegraph's site.