Gold Fanam of Western Chalukyas

15 Feb 2020  Sat

The Western Chalukyas, also known as the Chalukyas of Kalyani, ruled the western Deccan and southern India between the 10th to 12th centuries. They are theoretically related to the early Chalukyas of Badami.

This dynasty is called the Western Chalukya to differentiate them from their contemporary Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi. This Kannadiga dynasty, known for its linear architecture, mostly built on the banks of Tungabhadra River. The above shown gold fanam was issued by the western Chalukyan King Jagadikamalla.

The obverse of this coin depicts a lion facing right with a raised forepaw. The reverse of this coin depicts a Kannada legend ‘KA’. The ‘Ka’ letter is one the four-letter of Jagadika. The other Fanama’s depicted letters like JA, Ga, Di.

Image Source: Oswal Antiques

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