INDIA, MYSORE, copper kas


INDIA, MYSORE, kas, no date (18th c), Obverse: conch, Reverse: lattice, copper, 16mm, 3.04g, KM-unlisted, slightly porous, F

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The early coins of Mysore typically have the lattice design on the reverse.

Mysore was in the center of the old Vijayanagar kingdom, and remained as a rump state after the Muslim attacks of the later 16th century. The local governor founded the Wodeyar dynasty, and became independent early in the 17th century. Aside from a short period of Muslim rule at the turn of the 19th century the Wodeyars ruled Mysore until 1950.

South Asia generally is taken to include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Some people would like to include Afghanistan and Burma, but that’s a minority opinion.

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.