INDIA MYSORE Krishna Raja III Wodeyar 1810-68 AD 5 cash 1837


INDIA, MYSORE, Krishna Raja III Wodeyar, 1810-68 AD, 5 cash, 1837, Obverse: sardula (lion) L, date, Reverse: Persian legend, copper, 12.5mm, 2.22g, C191.2, VF

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Krishnajara III became King of Mysore while the British were basically controlling the area. The British leaned on the people rather heavily, and an uprising in 1831 was an excuse for them to take direct control. Krishnaraja continued as King, but without power, until 1868.

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.

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.