Vijayanagar was one of the most important empires of Medieval India. It was established in the 14th Century and had ruled for about three centuries. This dynasty was founded by two brothers Harihara and Bukka in the year 1336 CE. It was ruled by four different families of the Sangam Dynasty and is named after its capital, Vijayanagara, located in Karnataka. The history of Vijaynagar is full of warfares with Bahamian kingdom and other Muslim rulers in Northern Deccan part of India, which is also known as the Deccan Sultanate.
This Gold Double Pagoda which weighs around 7.7g was issued by King Krishnadeva Raya of Vijaynagar Empire. The obverse of this coin depicts Lord Venkateswara standing; holding discus on his right hand and conch on his left hand, the right front hand is in Danamudra and left hand is on his hip. The reverse of the coin is inscribed with the Devanagari legend “Sri/ Krishna Ra / ya" in three lines. This gold mohur was sold for INR 18,00,000 in an auction of Classical Numismatic Gallery.
Image Courtesy: Classical Numismatic Gallery