Lot of 22 silver hemidrachms, Ramachandra (1271-1309), Yadavas of Devagiri, India

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Lot of 22 silver coins of this type. The quality is typical for this type, showing much wear, the lion is discernable on most of them, though. The coins are struck in high quality silver, the total weight is 33.6 grams. The exact lot shown below is the one offered for sale here. Fairly scarce - I have a group of these coins I bought in the 1990s, they rarely come up for sale.

Stylized lion walking right / Blank. 9mm, 1.6-1.8 grams each. MNIS-; Numista #199825.

The attribution of these coins is based on the find spots and on the similarity of the lion on some of the Yadavas' gold coins. The coins of the Yadavas are known mostly in gold, and no silver coins are found in any of the standard publications, though a number of different types (small dumpy coins weighing 0.8 to 1.6 grams) are known to exist.

The Yadavas (or the Savunas) were a Kshatriya family administrating the city of Deulatabad and the surrounding area on behalf of their more powerful neighbors.



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