Assam SE 1715 1 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.
Shown is a rupee From Bharatha Simha, a rebel king who ruled the eastern portion of the Ahom kingdom at the same time as Guarinatha Simha. Bharatha, though not of the Ahom royal line, took to striking coins identical to those of the Ahom kings. Shown is a one rupee dated SE 1715 (1793 AD).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 11.3g, silver.
Catalog reference: KM#405, Rhodes and Bose W8.1.
- 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