Coinage of Sirmur Princely State

03 Nov 2018  Sat

Sirmur was an independent kingdom in British India and is presently situated in the area of Simaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The state was founded by Soba Rawal who assumed the title Rajan Subans Prakash.

The state was called Nahan, later on, a new capital was founded in 1621 by Raja Karam Prakash and the state was renamed as Sirmur. The title “Subhans Prakas” was taken by each Raja of Sirmur. The title of Raja and later Maharaja was granted by the British when Sirmur state became a Protectorate under the English crown in 1918.

Fath Prakash ruled the state from 1815 to 1833 AD. The only coins ever minted in the state were the copper Paisa. Coins represented the Persian legend ‘Raja Fath Prakash’ on its obverse while the reverse depicts Bow and arrow as Mint Mark.

Image Source: Classical Numismatic Gallery

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