Rare gold fanam, Nayakas of Chitradurga, ca.1500-1800 AD, Chitradurga type 2, Southern India

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The common Vira Raya stylized motiff, with inverted Nagari letter Pra / stylized boar. 7.5mm, 0.39 grams. Scarce. Herrli 1.04.01.

Nayakas of Chitradurga (13001779 CE) ruled parts of eastern Karnataka. During the rule of Hoysala Empire and Vijayanagara Empire, they served as a feudatory chiefdom. Later after the fall of the Vijayanagara empire, they ruled at times as an independent kingdom and at other times as feudatory of the Mysore Kingdom, Mughal Empire and Maratha Empire. Finally it merged into the province of Mysore under the British.