You may have heard that eight maund (around 295 kg) of processed rice could be bought with one taka coin in the reign of Shaista Khan (popularly known as Shaista Khan-er Aamol). But have you ever seen that coin? Or, here in Bangladesh, have you ever witnessed the 40 or 60 taka notes? Have you ever had a chance to glimpse the gold coins that the Kushan emperors would use for their financial transaction? Not yet, but interested much? A visit to 'Bangladesh Taka Jadughar'—the country's first ever currency museum – located at the Bangladesh Bank Training Academy in Mirpur will surely satisfy your curiosity; it boasts an impressive collection of currencies from Wari-Bateshwar (450 BC), Sultanate (1206-1526), Mughal (1526-1857), British (1858-1947) and present times.
To learn more about the museum, history and evolution of currencies, read this week's spotlight.