Kutch is a district situated in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is surrounded by the Gulf of Kutch in South and the Arabian Sea in the west. The rulers of Kutch were Jareja Rajputs, they came from Thatta in Sind and conquered Kutch during the 15th Century CE.
In 1617 CE, Akbar conquered Gujarat Sultanate, after Akbar’s death the Kutch ruler Rao Bharmal I visited Jahangir to maintain good relations with the Mughal Empire. This chance meeting made Kutch Independent throughout the Mughal Period.
This silver 5 Kori was issued by Pragmalji II in the year 1865 CE. He issued this coin in the name of Queen Victoria. The obverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘Maharaja Dhiraj Mirza Maharau Shri Pragmalji Bahadur Kutch Bhuj, VS date, Mint name, Value, Closed crescent between katar and Trident’. The reverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘Persian legend Mallika Muazzima Queen Victoria, Zarb Bhuj Nagar, Date 1865’.
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