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Numismatist

Aliases: Coin Grader

Industry/Sector(s): Education, Training and Research


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks a Numismatist is expected to perform include:

  • Specializing in the collection, reading of inscriptions, study and interpretation of rare old coins of historical and antique importance
  • Touring the country collecting rare coins and reading and deciphering old coins
  • Classifying coins according to their period of existence
  • Arranging and displaying coins in exhibition halls, museums, etc.
  • Undertaking research on the origin and history of old coins and publishing reports and articles in scientific journals
  • Conducting tours for visitors around exhibits and explaining the historical importance of coins to them
  • Selling rare coins for a profit
  • Delivering lectures on the historical and cultural importance of coins​​
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is a field job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is necessary
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs may be available
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Organizations usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from organization to organization
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required
  • Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This may vary from organization to organization

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably, M.A. in archaeology

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Skilled in identifying the time period of different coins 
  • Knowledge of all types of coins
  • Skilled in writing reports on research done
  • Knowledge of historical and cultural importance of coins
  • Skilled in classifying coins according to different parameters 
  • Skilled in deciphering old coins for research purposes
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Reliable
  • Hard-working
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 

Colleges providing Master's in archaeology across India

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/​
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

https://targetstudy.com/courses/ma-archaeology.html

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 4

Numismatist → Teacher, Writer

            ↑

Junior Researcher

The progression is indicative​

EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • For new entrants - Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per month
These figures are indicative and subject to change
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 3

Some organization hire new entrants too

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 1, 3
  • ​Private and government colleges/universities​
  • Museums
  • Cultural centres
  • Government archaeological organizations
  • ​Self-employed​
KEYWORDS 
  • Numismatist
  • Coin Grader
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
StandardCodeDescription
NCO 20152633.0400Numismatist
ISCO 20082633 Philosophers, Historians and Political Scientists
NIC 200872200Research and experimental development on social sciences and humanities
QP ReferenceNot availableNot available
NSQFNot available
Not available
REFERENCES 
1National Classification of Occupations Division 2
2http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/page.php?s=reg&t=def&p=list_jobsNew
3https://targetstudy.com/professions/numismatist.html
4http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf
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