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Katar and Trident on Kori of Khengarji III

23 Sep 2021  Thu

The Sanskrit word Kutch (earlier Cutch and now Kachchh) means a Tortoise. The geographical location and shape of the province also look like a tortoise in the sea, hence the name Kutch. Kutch was a relative big princely state during the British Raj. It spread from present-day Kutch and had a boundary of Sindh in the North. It was one of the rare princely states to have a coastline. The state was a part of the Cutch agency and was later shifted to the Western India States Agency as a part of the Bombay Presidency.

It was a prosperous state where its rulers had an army of 354 cavalries, 1412 infantry and 164 guns. The silver Kori issued by Khengarji III from Bhuj mint in 1939 Vikram Samwat. The obverse of the coin depicts, “Maharau Shree Khengarji, VS date in Devanagari, Closed crescent between Katar and Trident”. And the reverse of the coin depicts, “Persian legend Victoria Qaisar-e-Hind Zarb Bhuj 1882”.

Image Courtesy: Mintage World

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