Travancore was a Princely State during the British rule in India. It was one of the most prosperous and powerful kingdoms of medieval India before pre-independence India. This region ruled by many powerful kingdoms. During the early centuries, it was ruled by Chera Kingdoms. Later, during the 11th Century, it fell into the hands of the Chola Empire.
This gold sovereign which weighs around 7.95g was issued by king Rama Varma V during his rule in Princely State Travancore. This gold sovereign was sold for INR 8,75,000 in the auction of Todywalla that was held in Mumbai on 30th August 2020. The obverse of this coin depicts ‘Bust of the king with plumed headdress three-quarters to the right’. The reverse of this coin depicts ‘coat of arms of the state comprising two elephants, flanking a regal tunic and conch.
Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction