Coins- The important finding of the ‘Human Civilization’-Part 3 (India)

                       Rajput Period

Coin of Harsh Vardhan

    The beginning of 7th century was the period of king ‘Harsh Vardhan’ son of King ‘Yasho Vardhan’ from Thanesvara, ‘Sasanka’, the king of Gauda, ‘Dev pal’ of the Pala dynasty, ‘Maukharis’ of Kanyakubj, etc. and afterwards many small independent kingdoms came in to existence and issued their own coins, and remained in origin for about 550 years. This period is mainly known as ‘Raj put Period’ in Indian history. This period was after ‘Gupta Dynasty’ and before the ‘Sultanate Period’.

Gadhaiya coin
Coin of King Bhoj
Coin of Tomar Dynasty
Gahadaval coins

During the ‘Raj put Period’, the ‘Gadhaiya’ coins, coins of king Bhoj belonging to ‘Pratihar Dynasty’ coins of ‘Tomar Dynasty’ kings namely ‘Sallakshan Pal’, ‘Anang Pal’, Gahadaval coins of king ‘Madanpal’, coins of kings of ‘Chaman’ rulers of Sakambari-namely ‘Someshvar Dev’, ‘Prithviraj’, coins of kings of ‘Narwar’ belonging to the Jajapella dynasty,  ‘Paramar’ rulers, ‘Chandel’ kings, ‘Chalukya’ kings, ‘Cholas’, ‘Pallavas’, ‘Pandyan’ rulers, ‘Nayak’ princes, ‘Satupati’ rulers, ‘Gaja Pati’ dynasty, ‘Yadavas’, ‘Vijayanagar’ rulers, kingdom of ‘Badaun’, ‘Gahadaval’ family etc. came in circulation. Interestingly ‘Somelekha’, the queen of the Sakambari ruler ‘Ajay Dev’ also issued coins with the horseman motif on the obverse and her name on the reverse.

Coin Of Bull and Horseman

These coins mostly had figure of ‘Bull-Horseman’. These coins were made of alloy consisting 30% silver and are called as ‘Billon’ coins. These coins are of no fancy among the coin collectors as a number of dynasties and rulers issued these types of coins. Thus the ‘Lakshmi’ and ‘Bull-Horseman’ types were the two main coinages during that period used by one or another dynasty.

Two other types of coins are known during this period. One issued by the ‘Kalachuri’ rulers of Ratanpur, in which they placed a lion attacking an elephant on the obverse and their names on reverse. The other type was issued by the ‘Naga’ rulers in which a roaring tiger, a dagger and sun and moon on obverse and their names on reverse. The Ratanpur rulers also issued coins with the effigy of ‘Hanuman’, flying or trampling on a demon.

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