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Offline gsrctr

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Vijayanagar Devaraya Gold Half Pagodas
« on: March 25, 2020, 06:58:12 AM »
The first dynasty (Sangama) to rule Vijayanagar empire had two very capable rulers who ruled almost successively: Devaraya (1406 - 22) and Prauda Devaraya (or Devaraya II) (1424 - 46). The gold coins for both had "Sri Pra / tapa Deva / raya" on the reverse and there does not seem to be a way to attribute the coins correctly. The gold coins were both in Pagoda and Half Pagoda denominations (there is also a quarter pagoda attributed to Prauda Devaraya). I have three half pagodas in my collection that are in pretty good state - thought I would share them here. The first one has "Vishnu - Lakshmi" on the obverse, while the other two have "Shiva - Parvati".

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Re: Vijayanagar Devaraya Gold Half Pagodas
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2020, 10:27:17 AM »
TFP! With such nice, enlarged pictures, you forget how tiny these coins are. In addition, the pictures are quite accomplished, making the coins even more fun to ogle. How do you see the difference between Vishnu and Shiva, or between Lakshmi and Parvati?

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