Jhabua was the Princely State of India during the period of British Raj. In early period this State was under the Bhopawar Agency of Central India and later, it became a part of the Malwa Agency in 1927. After India’s independence in 1947, Jhabua’s last ruler signed the accession to the Indian Union on 15th June 1948, and Jhabua became the part of Madhya Bharat State. In 1956, it merged into the newly formed state of Madhya Pradesh.
Rao Bhirji of Marwar was known as the earliest ancestor of the ruling family of Jhabua. The state was founded by his descendant, Kunwar Kesho Das, in 1584. He was given the title of Raja by Mughal emperor Jahangir as a reward for a successful campaign in Bengal.
The only coins ever minted in the state were Paisa and half Paisa. The obverse has objects like a Stylized leaf, four-lobed flowers while the reverse has VS date in Devanagari script. All coins were struck at Jhabua mint.
The above-shown copper square Paisa weighs around 11.94g, it was minted in the reign of Gopal Singh. The obverse of this coin depicts the beautiful sparrow while the reverse of this coin bore the dagger. This coin was sold for INR 7,000 by Todywalla Auctions.
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