KASHMIR, copper, paisa, 1917 VS (1860 AD), Jammu mint

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INDIA, KASHMIR, Ranbir Singh, 1847-85, paisa, 1917 VS (1860 AD), Jammu mint, Obverse: Nagari legend, Reverse: pipul leaf, Persian date, copper, 19mm, 6.96g, KM1.1, green patina, F

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Ranbir Singh sided with the British during the Sepoy Mutiny that was the cause of the demise of the East India Company. That gave him favored status in the Princely State system that the British set up, but the British kept asking for more. He reformed the judicial system and promoted culture.

Kashmir today refers to territories held by India, Pakistan, and China, surrounding the Kashmir valley in all directions. The city of Srinagar is said to have been founded by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, who popularized Buddhism during a reign of justice. It was occupied by Scythians, then Kushans, then there was an independent Hindu dynasty, the there was a Muslim Sultanate. Then it went to the Mughals, then the Sikhs had it for a while. Then the British got involved, and installed the Raja of Jammu as ruler of Kashmir. The descendants ruled until the partition of 1947. A plebiscite was Status of Kashmir is still not resolved.

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.