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Modern Asian coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens => Indian subcontinent: Mughal, Princely states and colonial (1526-1947) => Other European Influences => Topic started by: Overlord on April 13, 2008, 06:01:34 PM

Title: Danish India: 1 Kas of Christian V (1670-1699)
Post by: Overlord on April 13, 2008, 06:01:34 PM
I think I see the DOC monogram on the obverse  ???
On the reverse, however, I'm unable to make out anything. Is it indeed an Indo-Danish coin?

Obverse
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/amitvyas03/DA1.jpg)

Reverse
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/amitvyas03/DA2.jpg)
Title: Re: Indo-Danish coin?
Post by: Oesho on April 13, 2008, 09:10:19 PM
It's indeed a Danish-Indian coin. It's a copper 1 kas of Christian V (1670-1699), dated (16)90.
On the obverse Crowned W DOC H /V K (W.H.V.K. = Wulf Heinrich von Kalnein; he must have made a great impression at Tranquebar, as is shown by the fact that even 4 years after he had left, coins which his initials were still minted.)
Rev.: Interwinged C5 with with the last two digits of the date to either side.
Ref.: KM#119; UBJ#191
Title: Re: Indo-Danish coin?
Post by: Overlord on April 14, 2008, 07:20:37 AM
It's indeed a Danish-Indian coin. It's a copper 1 kas of Christian V (1670-1699), dated (16)90.
On the obverse Crowned W DOC H /V K (W.H.V.K. = Wulf Heinrich von Kalnein; he must have made a great impression at Tranquebar, as is shown by the fact that even 4 years after he had left, coins which his initials were still minted.)
Rev.: Interwinged C5 with with the last two digits of the date to either side.
Ref.: KM#119; UBJ#191
Oesho, thanks again for the help.
Title: Re: Danish India: 1 Kas of Christian V (1670-1699)
Post by: Rangnath on April 20, 2008, 06:54:49 PM
From Oesho:

Title: Re: Danish India: 1 Kas of Christian V (1670-1699)
Post by: Figleaf on April 21, 2008, 09:32:12 AM
Thanks, Oesho! Now Overlord's piece really comes to life. Coin collectors like to think that there was an EIC and a VOC and that's it, forgetting about the others. What makes the Great Danes even greater is that their nation is relatively lightly populated. Yet, they were able to establish a presence both in the "East Indies" and the "West Indies", just like the big boys, even better than some of the big boys. I seem to remember the Austrian empire also had an East India Company, but I don't think it left any numismatic traces.

Peter
Title: Re: Danish India: 1 Kas of Christian V (1670-1699)
Post by: Oesho on April 21, 2008, 02:11:40 PM
Hi Peter, yes there was an Ostend Compagny. The Austrians ruled the southern Netherlands since 1713, and between 1715-1735 several ships sailed to the East. The most famous person of this Company was François de Schonamille, a buccaneer and freebooter. They obtained a factory, Banquibazar, in Bengal which lasted till 1745. The Company was already dissolved by that time.
The Ostend Company had similar privileges at the Mint at Murshidabad as the Dutch, but those coins can't be distinguished from the Nawab's issue.
For further reading see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostend_Company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostend_Company) or better read the book by Parmentier, Jan: De holle compagnie. Smokkel en legale handel onder Zuidnederlandse vlag in Bengalen, ca. 1720-1744 (Zeven Provinciën Reeks 4). Hilversum 1992.