Countermarked 1 Paisa, Cambay State, late 1800s
Copper 1 paisa (1/64 rupee) coins of the Princely State of Cambay, or Khambat. These coins was minted in Vikram Samvat 194x (188x-189x). The word 'Shah' in Persian can be seen on the obverse as countermark while the reverse has the date (in Vikram Samvat) in Devnagari script.
Cambay was one of the smaller princely states in British India, with the present day city of Cambay/Khambat as its capital. The word Cambay is derived from sanskrit 'Stambkatirth', meaning pillar. The kingdom of Cambay was founded in 1730 by a nawab appointed by the Mughal rulers. It became a British protectorate in 1817, and merged into the Indian union 1948. Cambay was an important commercial hub because of its coastal location.
Weight: 11.75-12 grams
Shape - Circular, Irregular
This is a VERY RARE coin, not listed on numista.
These are hand struck coins, so no two coins will be identical. The coins are over 100 years old and will have wear and tear on them. Coins are part of a lot. The coin you get may be different from the coins in the picture.