The coins of Porbandar - the complete series.

Started by asm, April 14, 2020, 05:00:15 PM

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Quote from: drnsreedhar on July 11, 2020, 08:45:52 AM
Yes. That is what I wanted to know Amit. Even after Mughals holding that land for long, ALL these IPS held on to a common style from the far back  times. But some IPS nearby stood differently. Is there something like  a common ancestral connection between them leading back to the Muzaffiri lineage that others did not possess?

Interesting question, Dr Sreedhar. Yes. Nawanagar Jams trace their lineage to the Kutch Rao's. In fact, Nawanagar was formed after one of the Rao's brother revolted and was driven out of Kutch. But the common linage for Nawanagar, Junagadh and Kutch come from the permission given to them by Muzzaffar Shah to mint coins. The word Kori seems to have originated from the word 'Kunwari' (princess) - of Kutch whose hand was given in marriage to Muzzaffar Shah to forge an alliance between the two.

There is no information yet known as to the first issues of Porbandar. The other states had the dates and / or the Rulers name on the coins so one can attribute the first coins.

I have posted all these early coins in different threads on this board and you would be able to find them. If you feel it to be an advantage, I can post all the first / early issues of these states in a single thread - which may help.

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Quote from: asm on July 11, 2020, 05:42:00 PM

The word Kori seems to have originated from the word 'Kunwari' (princess) - of Kutch whose hand was given in marriage to Muzzaffar Shah to forge an alliance between the two.

I was always under the impression that word "Kori" is from the "Kaudi" or similar sounding word for sea shell which were used as money in these coastal areas. As a matter of fact, even Ghana Cedi traces its roots from their word for common sea shell.


Thank you Amit. This is fascinating! I am always wonder struck by the cultural diversity of India that has originated from all these types of relationships that prevailed over centuries. Impossible to understand in full depth, but motivating to learn. Gujarat owns a rich innate culture of its own that has survived all tests of time. Another typical example is the Tamil culture prevailing over Tanjavur- a traditional Chola culture with mixed Maratha customs that stands alone in dance, music and paintings, from even other parts of Tamilnadu. Another is Kanjeepuram/Kanjeevaram culture of textile arts that is world-famous and finds its origin from the Pallava ages. Mural paintings of Kerala will make one dazzled by their beauty. Mughal influence on Rajasthali paintings is still another wonder. We have lots and lots of such treasures in Banaras, Bengal, Kashmir and almost every township in India! I was fortunate once to witness successful weight levering by Khalasis using their traditional technique with ropes, where latest cranes failed! Thanks once again for this information on traditional influence on numistmatic calligraphy.