Coin of Bundi Princely State

17 Aug 2018  Fri

Bundi is located in northwest part of Rajasthan. It was founded by the Chauhan Rajput, Rao Dewa in 1342 AD. The Rajputs of Bundi were called ‘Rao’ but they were later titled as ‘Raja’ by the Mughal. This state faced most oppression by the Maratha’s powers like Holkars and Sindhias till the 19th century. It came under British control in 1818 and remained so until 1947 AD.

Maharao Raja Ram Singh grew up to be a much respected ruler who initiated economic and administrative reforms and established schools for the teaching of Sanskrit. On the throne for 68 years, he was described as a grand specimen of the Rajput gentleman and "the most conservative prince in conservative Rajputana.

Ram Singh issued gold, silver and copper coins in the name of Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah II but later it bears the name of British monarch. These coins reperesent the various symbols such as Katar, flower, tree and seated figure holding Katar. Legends inscribed on these coins are in Devanagari, Roman, and Persian script.

Image Source: Classical Numismatic Gallery

Knowledge Base