Irwin F Brotman. With a foreword by Maurice M Gould. Published by Shamrock Press, Los Angeles, USA. 1970. 1st (only) edition. PB 208 pages, well illustrated throughout with b&w illustrations and maps. 138 x 215mm. This is the standard reference on the series. Limited edition no 744 of 1000 copies. Unsigned, which in my experience is somewhat rarer than the signed copies. With a photocopied 1970 price guide. Front cover slightly marked, rear cover and some pages creased, otherwise good or better and clean.
Temple tokens occur widely in South and Southeast Asia with religious representations and are similar in function to European religious amulets and pilgrim tokens. The temple tokens of the Indian subcontinent usually depict figures of Rama and Sita from the Hindu epic the Ramayana and for that reason are usually described by the collective name 'Ramatankas', but there are tokens with other Hindu motifs as well as those of Islam and Sikhism. The tokens of Sikhism are characterized by the image of Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the founder of the religion. Many Islamic tokens or amulets are imitations of rupee coins from the Mughal ruler Akbar (1556-1605). They are usually square and bear the Kalima.