Silver Rupee of Ram Singh

20 Nov 2018  Tue

Bundi is located in the northwest region of India, Rajasthan. The term ‘Bundi’ can be traced from a former Meena king called Manan Shreshta. Earlier, it was called ‘Bunda-Ka-Nal’ which means narrow ways. Bundi is situated in the narrow valley within the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan. The fortress of the state was built on Aravali hills which acted as natural preventer from enemies. Later Rao Dev Hada took charge of it from Jaita Meena in 1342.

This state has issued coins in both copper and silver metal. The coin stuck before the Mutiny of 1857 bears the name of the Mughal emperor's. The coins minted later bears the names of the British monarchs.

Ram Singh ruled the Bundi Princely State from 1824 to 1889 AD. The only coins ever minted in the reign were silver Rupee and silver Nazarana Rupee. These coins were struck at Bundi mint and represent Katar symbol.

Above shown Ram Singh’s Silver Rupee issued in the name of Queen Victoria. The obverse of a coin depicts Roman legend while reverse bore the Nagari inscription.

Image Source: Todywalla Auctions