Kutch 1900 / VS 1956 1/2 kori
The Indian Princely State of Kutch is located in a flat expanse of salt marshlands on the western border of India along the Arabian Sea. Partly due to its geographic isolation, Kutch was able to maintain a unique coinage system from its beginnings through to independence from the British in 1947. The first Kutch coins were modelled after those of Nawanagar, from which Kutch officially gained its autonomy in 1617 AD. This was also the year that Kutch obtained the rights to produce coinage in the name of its own rulers.
Shown is a half kori from the rule of Khengarji III (1875-1942 AD). This ruler enjoyed an extended reign, covering the period of four different British monarchs (all of whom were honored on the coins during their respective tenures). The example shown is dated 1900 AD / VS 1956, and honors Queen Victoria.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: 2.35 g, 0.61 fine silver, 0.046 oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM Y34.
- Bright, Richard, The Coinage of Kutch, Dallas, TX: Numismatics International, 1975.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.