DELHI RAJAS Chahada Deva circa 1172-91 AD bull and horseman jital


DELHI RAJAS, Chahada Deva, circa 1172-91 AD, jital, no date, Obverse: bull L, SRI SAMANTA DEVA, Reverse: horseman R, SRI CHAHADA DEVA, billon, 13-15mm, 3.23g, T52.1, F/G

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Chahada Deva was a ruler of the Chauhan (Chahamana) Dynasty. There can be confusion of this person with another coin issuer of Narwar, about a century later. The difference in the coins is tha the Delhi coins have bull and horseman, the Narwar have bull and legend. We seem to know nothing about them aside from their coins.

The term “Delhi Rajas” is a catch all for the rulers of several dynasties who occupied Delhi before the arrival of the Muslims.

The earliest ancient Indian coins were the “bent bar” punchmarked silvers of the Achaemenid Persians occupying Gandhara in northwest Pakistan. By the 3rd century BC coins were in general use in most of India and Ceylon, and in subsequent centuries struck round coins in gold, silver, and copper came into use throughout the subcontinent and beyond to Southeast Asia and Pacific islands to Java and beyond.