Gold Kali fanam, 1600-1700's, India - native issue copying British Madras fanams

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Degenerate Kali with the Tanjore rosette on the breast / Blank. 6mm, 0.35 grams. Probably a native minor mint around Madras area in Eastern India. Herrli #3.06.15 var.; Krause KM #-. SKU T1648-36854

The English settled in Armagon in 1629. In 1639 the English EIC company received the right to strike coins from the Vijayanagar King Venkata III. They struck small gold fanams which were imitated by the Indians at many other nearby towns in Eastern India - these coins are poorly studied and understood, and the location where these were minted is unknown.