Mysore - Tipu Sultan - Dharwar / Khurshed Sawad Pagodas

Started by gsrctr, February 24, 2019, 07:54:19 PM

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gsrctr

I have been lucky to obtain two rare Tipu Sultan pagodas from Dharwar (Khurshed Sawad is just another fancy name for Dharwar) mint, in perfect mint state.

1. Mint name : Dharwar
    Haidari variety - Regnal year 6, Mauludi year 1216, 1787-88 AD
    Obv. —Haidar's initial, Dharwar mint below the initial and the numeral 6 (regnal year).
    Rev. —Muhammad. He is the Sultan, the Just. Year 1216.

2. Mint name: Khurshed Sawad
    Faruqi variety - Regnal year 7, Mauludi year 1217, 1788-89 AD
    Obv.—A faruql. Khurshed Sawad. Regnal year 7. Haidar's initial is combined with the last letter of Faruqi
    Rev-—Muhammad. He is the Sultan, the Unique, the Just. Year 1217

Please correct any mistakes, as I cannot read the script.

Figleaf

Very nice acquisitions indeed, gsrctr. Congratulations. Good to know such fine historic documents are in good hands.

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

coin_lover


coin_lover

these are one of the most interesting and unique pagodas of Tipu - same place - 2 names

gsrctr

Thank you, coin_lover. Coming from an expert collector of Tipu coins, that's high praise indeed!! The second one is graded MS66 by NGC. It is really beautiful in hand. more than in picture. Wish Tipu had elephants on his gold pagodas as well!

gsrctr

Dharwar mint issued Tipu Sultan's pagodas for only three years - Mauludi years 1216, 1217 and 1218.
After a long wait, finally managed to buy a good specimen from 1218 to complete my collection.

Figleaf

Impressive. With three dates, it may be a short series, but if they are rarities and you demand high quality, it must have been quite a chase. Excellent to see them together here.

Tipu had quite a few Frenchmen in his service. I don't think they (and in particular their officers) would have settled for payment in silver; they would have wanted gold. The survivors would have returned to Europe and have their coins melted there. That would have been at least part of the explanation of why they are so hard to find.

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