The founder, Praful K. Thakkar,
an Indian Administrative Service Officer, was with the Government
of Gujarat, India for more than thirty years. He has worked in various
capacities as Collector, Commissioner and Secretary to the Government
of Gujarat in various departments. He voluntarily retired in 1995
at the age of 55 years.
He has studied in Tatwagyan Vidyapith, Thana, Maharashtra
and has graduated from Poona University with Philosophy as his main
subject. He is a lover of Indian art and culture. He has written
a few books on subjects of Indian culture viz. Temples, Festivals,
Idols of Gods etc. They give rational and cultural meanings of these
subjects. However they are written in Gujarati, his mother language.
He got a legacy of art and numismatic understanding
and insight from his father. He developed the hobby of collecting
Art and Numismatic objects in his own way. He has been an ardent
numismatic collector for more than 40 years and has collected Indian
coins, medals, tokens and other collectibles like weights and match
labels. He has also tried to enhance his ancestral collection of
medals of Indian Princely States-British India-Republic India and
tokens of Indian banks, treasuries, personalities, religions and
advertisements. He has a collection of Passes of Indian Railways,
Ports, Princely Palaces and Viceroy Residencies along with badge
plates and membership badges.
This numismatic hobby has given him new energy
and enthusiasm. For him this hobby is a worship that keeps him pure,
fit and healthy. People have hobby for happiness and harvesting
profit in future. For him it is for keeping good health too.
As a collector of numismatic details, he has faced
many a difficulties in collecting, understanding and arranging the
numismatic collection. The same may happen with the new collectors
and they may face similar hurdles too. To overcome such situations
and to encourage the numismatic hobby and to preserve such a classic
collection of Indian heritage, he has made a humble attempt through
the website of Thakkar Numismatic and Art Foundation.
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