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Know your India: Coins of Sailana

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Know your India: Coins of Sailana

Sailana was a princely state in the Malwa region of Central India, and was originally a part of Ratlam (up to 1730). The name of the state derives from the capital town, which was named after ‘shail’ (mountain) and ‘anana’ (at the mouth of). Sailana’s territories were scattered and the state had borders with walior, Indore, Dhar, Jhabua, Jaora, Banswara, and Kushalgarh States. Sailana’s rulers were Rathore rajputs and an offshoot of the ruling house of Ratlam. The ruler of Sailana was entitled to an 11-gun salute. Sailana was a relatively small state, with an area of 450 square miles,...

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Coins of Bundi Princely State

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Coins of Bundi Princely State

Bundi was one of the smaller princely states of India, in modern day Rajasthan. In the early 19th century, it accepted British protection – and from 1858 onward, the coins of Bundi carried the name of the local ruler (Ram Singh) together with the British ruler – Victoria, Edward VII and George V respectively. Unlike other coins of modern age, which are milled, coins of Bundi were hammered – making the quality uneven - with the impression not falling on the planchet completely. The silver rupee of Bundi was thicker than the standard British India rupee, with a lower diameter...

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Silver Coins of Kutch – 1928-1947

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Silver Coins of Kutch – 1928-1947

Silver coins of Kutch are popular with numismatists for their beautiful design. These coins are commonly available in 4 denominations – ½ kori, 1 kori, 2.5 kori & 5 kori. From 1928, all silver coins of Kutch follow a similar design. These coins carry the name of Khengarji III – the ruler of Kutch, on the obverse, together with the year in Vikram Samvat and the three emblems of Kutch state – trishul (trident), crescent and katar (dagger). The reverse of the coin carries the name of the British ruler – George V, and the year according to the Christian...

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The Jai Hind Kori & Dhabu

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The Jai Hind Kori & Dhabu

The Jai Hind kori was a 1 kori silver coin issued by the Princely State of Kutch in 1948 (Vikram Samvat 2004) on India’s independence, with the words ‘Jai Hind’ in Devnagri on the reverse. This was issued in the name of Madansinhji, the ruler of Kutch at the time. Madansinhji ascended the throne of Kutch on 26 January, 1948 - on the death of his father Vijayrajji. His rule lasted for just a few months - on 4 May 1948, Kutch merged into the Indian union, one of the first princely states to do so. Apart from his contribution...

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1862 Dot Coins

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1862 Dot Coins

From 1862 to 1874, the year on silver rupees was frozen to 1862. These coins were minted at Calcutta, Bombay and Madras mints. Of these three, the Bombay Mint adopted a system of dots – dies were specially marked with tiny dots to mark the year of manufacture. Thus, one dot meant the coin was minted in 1863 (1862 + 1) while 11 dots meant the coin was minted in 1873. Dots in these coins are placed on two locations on the reverse of the coin – just above the flower underneath the date and just above the ‘N’ of...

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