INDIA MYSORE Tipu Sultan 1787-99 gold fanam 1218 AM (1789 AD) Patan mint


INDIA, MYSORE, Tipu Sultan, 1787-99, fanam, 1218 AM (1789 AD), Patan mint, gold, 6mm, 0.37g, KM123.7, XF

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Tipu Sultan was the son of Haidar Ali, who was a general in service to the Wodeyars of Mysore, and who took over the kingdom at an opportune moment. Tipu was a lifelong opponent of the British and died in battle against them.

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.