Gold Sikka of Rewa

13 Jan 2022  Thu

The Rewa state traced its origin from Vyaghra Dev, a descendant of the Vaghelas of Gujarat. In order to expand, he moved to northern India and captured the Marpha fort which was located 18 miles northeast of Kalinjar. He married the daughter of Pirhawan’s ruler and captured the territory between Kalpi and Chandalgarh. His son, Karan Dev married the daughter of the Raja of Ratanpur and got Bandhavgarh territory as dowry. He conquered the Rewa region and formed Bandhavgarh as his capital until it was destructed by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar in 1597.

Till the 15th century, they were busy extending their territories and tried to escape from the attention of Delhi Sultanates. But in 1498-9, Sikander Lodi attacked but ultimately failed in capturing the Bandhavgarh fort. According to legend, Rewa state was founded in 1140. From 5th October 1812, Rewa became a British protectorate. Raja Ramachandra Singh Baghela encouraged musicians in his court, including Tansen. Maharaja Vikramadityag shifted his capital to Rewa in 1617.

An adjoined image is of a gold Mohur coin which was issued by the Ruler Vishvanath Singh at Rewa mint. The obverse of the coin depicts ‘Sikka Rewa’ legends in Devanagari and English legends on the reverse side of the coin.

Image Courtesy: Mintage World

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