Gold ¼ Fanam of Chalukyas

06 Jul 2018  Fri

The Chalukyas were one of the most powerful dynasties during the medieval period in India. They had ruled a large part of southern and central India between 6th to 12th Century CE. The history of the Chalukya dynasty had marked as one of the important milestones in the history of South Indian, their rule is also considered as the golden age in the history of Karnataka.

The Chalukyas claim themselves as the descent of Pulakesin I, The first sovereign ruler of Chalukya dynasty of Vatapi (modern Badami). The Chalukyas dynasty had ruled as three dynasties. The earliest dynasty is known as ‘Badami Chalukyas’, they had during the 6th century CE. After the death of Pulskesin II, Eastern Chalukyas had become an independent kingdom in the Eastern Deccan, they ruled this region till 11th century CE. In the late 10th Century the western Chalukyas ruled Kalyani till the end of 12th century.

This gold ¼ fanam which weighs around 0.11g was issued by the Chalukyas. The obverse of this coin is inscribed with the image of the lion facing towards left. The reverse of the coin is inscribed with Kannada letter.

Image Courtesy: Oswal Antiques