INDIA MALABAR COAST Vira Raya type gold fanam


INDIA, MALABAR COAST, Vira Raya type fanam, no date, Obverse: “boar” looking like a curved knife on a pile of dots, Reverse: lion transformed into facing Kali, gold, 8mm, 0.36g, 1950s restrike with 2 obverses, made for local bullion buyers, AU-Unc

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In the 1950s and 60s restrikes of South Indian gold coins were privately produced for sale to local bullion hoarders.

There are a myriad of South Indian coins of the 17th to 19th centuries, and some are subject to debate as to attribution

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.