INDIA JAIPUR rupee year 11 (1890 AD)


INDIA, JAIPUR, Madho Singh II, 1880-1922, rupee, year 11 (1890 AD), silver, KM145, F

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He was adopted by the Maharaja Ram Singh II. Madho was a modernizer, making significant contributions to education and sanitation. He made contributions to British military ventures throughout his reign.

Jaipur is in northwest central India in the state of Rajasthan. There are about three million people living there now. It was a planned city from its founding in 1727. The founder was a Hindu in service to the Mughal Emperor and rose through the ranks until he got a chance to break free for a time. The vagaries of local politics took him and his successors in and out of the orbit of the Mughals, the Marathas (mostly in opposition), and later the British, with whom they developed a rewarding client relationship.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.