Thursday, 22 February 2018

Coins of Madras Presidency

The Madras Presidency, or the Presidency of Fort St. George and also known as Madras Province, was an administrative subdivision (presidency) of British India. At its greatest extent, the presidency included most of southern India, including the whole of the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and parts of OdishaKeralaKarnataka and the union territory of Lakshadweep. The city of Madras was the winter capital of the Presidency and Ootacamund or Ooty, the summer capital. The island of Ceylon was a part of Madras Presidency from 1793 to 1798 when it was created a Crown colony.

                   Arkot Mint Silver Two Rupee Coin

Arcot (Madras) Mint, Silver 2 Rupees, AH 1172/6 RY, Rosette type, Edge: Oblique milling, In the name of Alamgir II, Obv: sikka mubarak badshah ghazi aziz-ud-din muhammad alamgir, Rev: manus memanat sana julus zarb arcot,open lotus, 23.95g, 39.08mm, (KM # 404.2/Paul Stevens # 3.340/PR # 245), choice extremely fine with beautiful toothed border on both sides, Extremely Rare

                   Silver Five Fanams Coin

Silver 5 Fanams, Ist Issue, Edge: Oblique milling, Obv: value in english around value in persian, Rev: value in telugu and tamil, 4.65g, 17.14mm, (Paul Stevens # 3.61), choice very fine, Very Rare

                  Silver Half Pagoda coin

Silver 1/2 Pagoda, Ist Issue, Edge: Oblique Milling, Obv: gopuram of a temple with stars 16L/17R each sides, on a ribbon, the ends seperated by a star the value in english “(Half) Pagoda”, persian “nim hun pahuli”, Rev: the deity vishnu surrounded by dotted circles, the value around in tamil “ arai pu vara kun” & in telugu “ ara pu vara hun”, 21.13g, 26.04mm, (Unlisted in KM & PR/Paul Stevens # 3.41), about extremely fine, Extremely Rare.

                 Gold Mohur

Madras Mint, Gold Mohur (Ashrafi), Edge: Vertical Milling, Obv: E.I. Co, arms with supporters, Rev: angrez bahadur kampani in persian and value, 11.62g, 27.59mm, (KM # 421.2/Paul Stevens # 4.4), about very fine with small nick on the edge, Very Rare. 

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