• Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies (IIRNS) registered as an NGO.

1980 – 1983

  • Selection of suitable and buying of land for the Research Centre.
  • Planning and construction of the building.
  • Collection of Research Data and the beginning of Photo Archives and Negative Archives sections with documentation of about 25000 coins.
  • Receiving Dr. Parmeshwari Lal Gupta’s library and developing the institute’s library around this nucleus.
  • The numismatic Society of Bombay merges with IIRNS.


  • Inauguration of IIRNS at Anjaneri, Nashik by the renowned art historian Karl Khandalawala.
  • 1st International Colloquium on ‘Numismatics and History’.


  • Inauguration of the Institute’s first museum with displays under the theme ‘Indian Coinage: A Panoramic View’.
  • 2nd International Colloquium on ‘Numismatic and Archaeology’.
  • First Practical Numismatic training course conducted laying the foundation for future courses.


  • J.N. Ahivasi’s collection of bronzes, miniature paintings, books, manuscripts etc received in gift from his daughter Dr. Devaki Ahivasi.
  • Dr. Amjad Ali, Warangal gifted part of his coin collection.


  • Building of a residential facility for the visiting scholars and students.


  • 3rd International Colloquium on ‘Coinage, Trade and Economy’.
  • Collaborative Project with Society for South Asian Studies, U.K. on Foreign Coins Part I Western- (Roman to Venetian) found in Southern and Western India initiated.


  • Collaboration with IsMeo, Rome, Italy for an exhibition in India on the theme ‘Roman Contacts with India’.


  • The Library of Late Dr. P.M. Joshi received as a gift.


  • Generous gift of coins, sculptures, bronzes, porcelains, books etc from Dr. Amjad Ali, Warangal.


  • 4th International Colloquium on ‘Foreign Coins Found in the Indian Subcontinent’.


  • Displays of the museum shifted to a newly constructed building with the inauguration of ‘KG Maheshwari Photo Art Gallery’.


  •  5th International Colloquium on ‘Medieval Indian Coinages: A Historical and Economic Perspective’.


  • Munifient gift of Late (Prof.) Ajay Mitra Shastri’s library of nearly 2800 books, journals, periodicals and also papers of the late Prof. Shastri received from his son, Shri Avinash Upadhyaya, Nagpur.


  • A part of the Library of Dr. Shobhana Gokhale received as a gift.


  • Modernized Money Gallery of the Museum inaugurated.


  • Commencement of the scientific documentation of rock art sites of Rajasthan.


  • The name ‘Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies’ (IIRNS) changed to ‘Indian Numismatic, Historical and Cultural Research Foundation’ (henceforth INHCRF) to reflect expanding activities.


  • Part library of Late (Dr.) Malti Mahajan, Nagpur and a collection of thesis and books from Dr. R.K. Sharma, Jabalpur received as gift.


  • Under the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities (NMMA), Archaeological Survey of India assigned the work of preparing classified digital documentation of the numismatic collection of Sheesh Mahal  Museum, Patiala to INHCRF.
  • First workshop on ‘Prehistoric Archaeology’ by INHCRF conducted.
  • Documentation of the megalithic sites of Mohurjhari and Junapani in Vidarbha started after signing an MoU with Prof Mayank Vahia of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.


  • NMMA assigned the documentation of the numismatic collections of Central Antiquity Collection, Purana Quila, A.S.I, Red Fort Museum, and S.P.S. Museum, Srinagar to the INHCRF. 152000+ coins were documented in the next three years.


  • Joint archaeological exploration programme with Dr. Michael Willis of British Museum, London was undertaken in the Ellichpur area of Amravati district, Maharashtra under the project ‘Sacred Landscapes of Ramtek, Nagpur.


  • Along with Dr. Nayana Tadvalkar, INHCRF team documented audio-visuals of mask making and Bohada Festival in the tribal areas of Jawhar, Maharashtra.


  • Signing of MoU between the British Museum, London and INHCRF for a collaborative project ‘The Archaeology of Hindu Kingdom in Ancient Vidharbha’ which was a part of the larger project under the European Research Council’s ‘Beyond the Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State’ that spanned for four years.
  • Documentation of numismatic collections of Patna Museum, Bihar and Hinduja Foundation, Mumbai undertaken.


  • Sanction of a grant for the development of ‘Shanti-Krishna Museum of Money & History’ under the Museum Grant Scheme by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
  • Signing of an MoU with the Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute (DCPRI), Deemed University, Pune for strengthening, formalizing and cementing the already existing relations between two Institutions for the promotion of studies and research in the fields of archaeology, numismatics and allied subjects.


  •  Commencement of the work of re-development of the ‘Shanti-Krishna Museum of Money & History’.


  • Undertook joint verification of the numismatic collection of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai.
  • Refurbished ‘Shanti-Krishna Museum of Money & History’ opened to the public.
  • Signed general cooperation MoU with the University of Warsaw, Faculty of History, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Signed research cooperation MoU with the ELTE Eotvos Lorand University, Faculty of Humanities, Budapest, Hungary.


  • Signing of an MoU with the Hinduja Foundation, Mumbai for conducting an outreach programme comprising 15 Introductory workshops on Know Your Coins, Learn Your History, Prehistoric Man in India, etc, and three residential workshops on numismatics and archaeology.
  • Signing of MoU between the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Poland and INHCRF for undertaking a collaborative project ‘The Nala Sopara Surface Survey’. 


  • Under the MoU with the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw, the ancient port site of Nalasopara was jointly explored and documented by the Polish and INHCRF archaeologists.