Assam (SE 1691-1702) 1/8 rupee

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IND-ASSAM 1691-1703SE-ND eighthrupee Laksmi Q59.x-obv.JPG
IND-ASSAM 1691-1703SE-ND eighthrupee Laksmi Q59.x-rev.JPG

Assam (Ahom Kingdom) began striking coins based on the rupee system in the 1600's. The design elements were borrowed from nearby Cooch Behar, but the octagonal shape was an invention of the Assamese. The Ahom script was used up through the reign of Gadadhara Simha, after which Sanskrit (Assamese variriety) was used for most issues. Saka Era (SE) dates are 78 years earlier than current year dates in Western countries.

Shown is an eighth rupee from Lakshmi Simha with inscription in Assamese, not dated..

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.68-2.90g, silver.

Catalog reference: KM#175

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Rhodes, N. G., and Bose, S. K., The Coinage of Assam - Volume II Ahom Period, Kolkata, India: A.O.P Pvt. Ltd., 2004.

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