INDIA PONDICHERY French colony half doudou (1720-1835 AD)


INDIA, PONDICHERY, French colony, half doudou, no date (1720-1835 AD), Obverse: lis, copper, 12.5mm, 1.93g, KM34, VF

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Pondicherry (Puducherry) is a city on the southeast coast of India. “History” starts with the Pallavas, 325-900 AD, followed by the Cholas, 900-1279, the Pandyas, 1279-1370. Then it passed to Vijayanagar, which lost it to the Sultan of Bijapur in 1614. Bijapur invited the Portuguese and Dutch to trade. The Franch seized it in 1674. It went back and forth between the British and the French, and was finally ceded to the Republic of India in 1954.

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.