Travancore KM# 1 & KM# 21 - differences

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Learnt this recently from a question answered in a facebook group. I thought it would help future collectors if it were recorded here ....

Silver chuckram coins minted during the reign of  Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma (1729-58) do not have a flower/spray on the reverse. (KM#1 - image wrong in KM)

Silver chuckram coins with a flower or spray added on the reverse (KM# 21 - correct image in KM) were minted many years later during the reign of Rani Gouri Laxmi Bayi (1811-14) and onward. They come in two types with a dot on the center of the reverse and without... see images

Obverse: Crescent with diamond above. Below the crescent.. Stylized feet of Lord Vishnu (Vishnu paadam)... feet (curves) with the 10 pellets (some off flan in these images) representing the toes.
Reverse: 12 pellets above a crescent represent the 12 signs of the zodiac


Thank you for this post. It was very helpful for me to differentiate these types. Best regards, KarlAntonMartini