Imitativen legend? or of a multi-headed cobra taken from the 18th century Kodikonda "cobra" fanam / Barely legible Imitative word "Balapur". Mint of Balapur. 7mm, 0.38 grams. Herrli "Gold Fanams" #9 for imitative Mughal fanams (though this type is not listed).
Very neat little fanam found in Tanjore along with early 18th century Tanjore fanams. It might be a local Tanjore imitation of a Mughal gold fanam from Balapur (with perhaps Kodikonda elements on obverse)