Silver Rupee of Princely State of Tonk

27 Apr 2020  Mon

Tonk was a Princely State during the British rule in India; it has accepted the suzerainty in the year 1817 CE. After the country achieved independence in the year 1947, Tonk state acceded to the newly formed Union of India.

The founder of the state was Nawab Muhammad Amir Khan (1769-1834), an adventurer and military leader of Pashtun descent from Afghanistan. Amir Khan rose to be a military commander in the service of Yashwantrao Holkar of the Maratha Empire in 1798. In 1806, Khan received the state of Tonk from Yashwantrao Holkar. In 1817, after the Third Anglo-Maratha War, Amir Khan submitted to the British British East India Company, he kept his territory of Tonk and received the title of Nawab.

?This silver rupee which weighs around 11.19g was issued by Muhammad Ibrahim Ali Khan in the name of George V. The obverse of this coin is inscribed with the name and title of George V with AH dates 1342. The reverse of this coin is inscribed with the mint and year 1924.

?Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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