Assam No Date (1717-1733) 1/2 rupee
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 Assamese script was used for most issues. Saka Era (SE) dates are 78 years earlier than current year dates in Western countries.
Kamalesvara Simha held the Ahom throne during a time of continued incursions by the Moamaria rebels from the east. Shown is a half rupee from Kamalesvara, not dated.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 5.3g, silver.
Catalog reference: KM#237, Rhodes and Bose S6.1.
- 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.