Rare gold 1/4 dinar of King Jayalla Deva II (c.1165-1168 AD), Kalachuris of Ratnapura, India

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Tiger jumping on an elephant (gajasardula), facing right // Srimaj Ja/yalla Deva in Nagari. 12.5mm, 0.90 grams. Mitchiner NIS #-; Deyell-133.

The Kalachuris of Ratnapura were a central Indian dynasty during 11th and 12th centuries. They ruled parts of present-day Chhattisgarh from their capital at Ratnapura (modern Ratanpur in Bilaspur district). They were an offshoot of the Kalachuris of Tripuri, and ruled as vassals of the parent dynasty for many years.