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Silver octagonal 1/2 rupee of Gaurinatha Simha (1780-1796), Kingdom of Assam

Silver octagonal 1/2 rupee of Gaurinatha Simha (1780-1796), Kingdom of Assam
Sanskrit inscriptions in three lines on both sides. Beautiful octagonal silver coin, 18mm, 5.66 grams. Krause 206-207.

The coins of Assam had such an unusual shape due to an old belief of the local inhabitants that their country had an eight-sided shape. In spite of numerous invasions from the west, mostly by Muslim rulers, no western power could establish its rule in Assam until the advent of the British. The most successful invader was Mir Jhumla, a governor of Aurangzeb, who briefly occupied Gargaon the then capital of the Ahoms (1662-1663). He found it difficult to control the people, who carried on guerilla attacks on his forces and forced his army to leave the region. The last attempt by the Moghuls under the command of Raja Ram Singh resulted in the victory for the Ahoms at Saraighat (1671) under the Ahom general Lachit Borphukan.
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