Jodhpur KM 71, takka 1859-1866

Started by Figleaf, November 10, 2007, 12:00:12 PM

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Figleaf

Last week, I bought a small lot of Indian subcontinent coins on a Berlin flea market. Some remain unidentified. Here is one of the most worn. I'll post others as I give up on them, hoping for help.

This one is copper, 20 to 22 mm on the surfaces, about 8 mm thick (!), 21.8 grams. I have played with contrast and colour to make the inscriptions as clear as I could.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Figleaf

Since the lower pic isn't very clear here is my interpretation of what the raised parts look like. From 3 o'clock to 8 o'clock the coin is relatively sharp at the very edge. The rest should be taken with appropriate portions of salt.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Oesho

Peter,
It's a takka (2 paisas) of Jodhpur State in India, in the name of Q. Victoria/Takhat Singh. ref.: KM#71

Figleaf

Thanks a lot, Oesho. Yes, now that I know what it is I can see it :( One further question, please. Would that be KM 71 (Takhat Singh/Sri Matalji) or KM 72 (Victoria). The latter seems to have a pearl border between circles that seems to be on my coin also (sorry for my lack of drawing talent).

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Oesho

Dear Peter, It could be both, but more likely it is KM#71. Don't trust always the description of Krause Mishler, as there is no inscription of Sri Mataji on copper coins; this is only found on silver coins.
The difference between KM71 and 72 is that the first is dated either VS1923 (AD 1866) or a Ry. '61' which is actually a retrograde 16, the frozen Ry. of Takht Singh.
The Takkas KM#72 have a Vikrama Samvat year and were struck during the reign of Jaswant Singh.

Figleaf

Another problem solved. Another coin identified. This is so rewarding...

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.