Bundi is situated in the 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.
Bishen Sigh ruled the Bundi princely state from 1773 to 1821 AD. During the reign, he issued silver and copper coins in the round and square shapes. These coins are found in the different denominations such as Nazarana Rupee, Rupee, Half Rupee, and Takka.
The above shown silver Rupee of Bishen Singh was issued in the name of Shah Alam II. This coin was sold for INR 1,600 by Todywalla Auctions. The obverse of a coin showed the Persian legend ‘Badshah Gazi…’ while the reverse of a coin depicted the Julus formula, mint name, RY, and mint mark.
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