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« on: January 19, 2012, 01:05:06 PM »
I've seen a few of these lately, and recently bought two from trusted sources for admittedly very little money:





They look and feel as if they were made last week but appear to be silver, i.e. they pass the tissue test and "ring" right.

Any ideas?

Bob

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2012, 01:21:39 PM »
Look good don't they.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2012, 01:26:44 PM »
Both the tokens are in the name of Bhagwan Mahavir. Even I have seen them for the first time.

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012, 04:24:47 PM »
What is written on the reverse of the coins? In Hindi I guess. But the reverse of the second coin is not neatly finished.

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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012, 04:29:16 PM »
What is written on the reverse of the coins? In Hindi I guess. But the reverse of the second coin is not neatly finished.

It's Namokar Mantra, the most important mantra in Jainism.

From wikipedia:

A text corresponding to the first two lines of the Ṇamōkāra Mantra is present in the Orissan Hathigumpha inscription.

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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2012, 10:39:15 PM »
Jainism makes sense as both the dealers are in areas with large Gujarati populations, and one definitely has a Jain society.

The second item was labelled as Bhagvan Mahavir, but I had not realised that both were of the same subject. Nice things to have.
Thanks to everyone for the assistance.
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2012, 04:30:35 PM »
What's the significance of 'VC 999' (999 is in Devanagari) in right side scan of first image, any idea?

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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2012, 04:53:04 PM »
BTW if anyone is interested..

The text on the second scan (right image) reads:

12 o'clock position: Darshan (Appearance)
3 o'clock position: Dyaan (Knowledge)
6 o'clock position: Charitra (Character)
9 o'clock position: Tapa (Meditation)

Text in first image reads Charitra (Character, at 9 o'clock position) and Darshan (Appearance, at 3 o'clock position).

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Re: Temple tokens or more
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2012, 11:12:52 PM »


[They look and feel as if they were made last week but appear to be silver, i.e. they pass the tissue test and "ring" right.

Any ideas?

Interesting elegant design & theme (me too have  seen for 1st time ) , I guess metal composition is silver or silver alloy.




What's the significance of 'VC 999' (999 is in Devanagari) in right side scan of first image, any idea?


VC may be  sort of (shroff) mark made by  jeweler , 999 - fair guess 99.9 silver content or so.


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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2012, 07:33:47 PM »
I've just come across a new couple:
They are marked as Lord Krishna and Rhada & Laxmi Mataji

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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2012, 03:32:08 AM »
The top one is Radha & Krishna while the second one is Lakshmi & Ganesh (or Ganapati). Both coins have 'OM' on the other side.

These are not temple tokens but are Jewelers coins which are used as gifts on various occasions - during some rituals in a marriage, a gift to a new born (when you go to see him/her the first time), festivals........  In fact out here, the first thing you will be shown if you go to a Jeweller and ask for a silver coin are these type of coins. Generally .999 pure.

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