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Kingdom of Mysore, Haider Ali (1761 - 82) Gold pagodas
« on: June 29, 2020, 02:18:30 AM »
Haider Ali was a ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in Southern India. He was born near Kolar in Karnataka in 1722. His father Fath Muhammad was the military commander at the service of Wodeyar Rajas of the Kingdom of Mysore. Haider Ali began his career in the Mysore army as a petty officer. Rising to the post of Dalavayi (commander-in-chief) to Krishnaraja Wodeyar II, he came to dominate the titular monarch and the Mysore government. He became the de facto ruler of Mysore as Sarvadhikari (Chief Minister) by 1761.

The Shiva-Parvati pagodas of Haidar Ali imitated the coins of the Ikkeri Nayakas, whom he defeated in 1763. They were also the source of the gold that funded this coinage.
Obverse: Siva and Parvati seated facing; Siva holding trishul (trident) and mriga (deer)
Reverse: Persian letter He (for Haidar)

Haider Ali gold pagodas come in two types. The reverse is random dots in the first surrounding the letter He, while the second has a beautiful rosette within the curve of the letter. The below two are my recent acquisitions.