Jodhpur Takka of Takhat Singh: 1843 - 1873

Started by Rangnath, January 25, 2008, 04:14:00 AM

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I have a great affection for heavy coins and this one, for it?s length and width, is as heavy as it gets.  Its only 18 X 19 mm but its depth is a full 9 mm!  Imagine going to the market with a pocket full of these! 
Unfortunately, I don?t know who minted this.  What I don?t particularly want to hear, but will accept with good humor, is that the mint is unknown and the ruler is Shah Anonymous. 


Tis is a AE Takka of Jodhpur in the name of Queen Victoria. They were struck during the reign of Maharaja Takht Singh, but continued well into the reign of Jaswant Singh too.
Note: The illustration above need to swapped.
The obv. reads: Ba-Zaman mubarak / Sanah (date or Ry.) / Kwin Victoria Malikah.
The rev. reads: Mu'azam Inglistan wa Hindustan / Zarb Jodhpur.
(Struck at Jodhpur, in the year (date) during the auspicious reign of her Majasty Queen Victoria, ruler of England and India). Ref.: As no date or Ry. can be observed it could be either KM#71 or 72.


The following drawing of a Jodhpur Takka of this type was provided by Oesho.


The following drawing was provided by the Standard Catalog of World Coins; km 71.  I've noticed several errors in the catalog (Arabic upside down for example); in this case, the obverse and reverse were switched from an accurate rendering. I reversed them, following Oesho's advice.


This thread illustrates very well how catalogues and catalogue sections for Indian subcontinent coins need to be made up differently. We don't need pictures of coins; since the planchets are too small, two coins of the same type will look different. We need a drawing of the whole die, with a rendering of the legends in the original, non-latin script as well as in the latin script. This would lead to a vast improvement in the understanding of these coins and to a more intelligent discussion of the types.

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


I couldn't agree with you more! A year ago, I wouldn't have had any idea what you are talking about. Now, this seems all too self evident. 

(Nice hearing from you again Peter!)