Dr Shailendra Bhandare is Assistant Keeper, South Asian and Far-Eastern Numismatics and Paper Money Collections, a Fellow of St Cross College and a member of Faculty of Oriental Studies. He started his career as a Numismatist with a visiting fellowship at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. He was then appointed as a post-doctoral fellow of the Society for South Asian Studies, and worked as a curator in the British Museum on the coins of Later Mughals and the Indian Princely States. He was appointed as curator of coins in the Ashmolean Museum in 2002. Dr. Bhandare holds a Masters degree in History and a Doctorate in Ancient Indian Culture from the University of Mumbai.