By Swami Harshananda
Using coins as money was a practice in ancient India. Suvarṇa, śatamāna and niṣka are some of the words used to indicate these. The word ‘niṣka’ occurs in the Atharvaveda and refers to a necklace of niṣka. The Ṛgveda refers to Rudra as wearing a ‘Viśvarupaniṣka’.
Niṣka by Weight
The following table can give an idea of the niṣka by weight:
|Weight of 5 liquorice seeds||1 māsa|
|16 māṣas||1 suvarṇa|
|108 suvarṇas||1 niṣka|
‘Dināra’ seems to be another name used for niṣka.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore