Gold "Kanthirava" fanam, minted ca.1638-1800 in South-Eastern India, Princely States in India (Herrli 6.2)

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Narasimha in the "Yogabhanda" post holding a chakra and a sankh / Nagari inscription "Sri Kamthi Rava". 6mm, 0.36 grams. KM 212; Herrli #6.2.

The Kanthirava (or "Narasimha") fanams were first minted by the Kanthirava Narasa Raa Wodeyar (1638-1659) of Mystore. His successors in Mysore kept minting these coins without any design changes until the state fell in 1761. The Dutch also issued this type in Pulicat (until ca.1750) and in Tuticorin (from ca.1658 to 1759), the British EIC issued this type in Madras  in the 17th and 18th century. After the death of Tipu Sultan in Mysore, this type was again issued in Mysore by the Wodeyar rulers. There is also some evidence that many petty rulers on the Coromandel coast issued Narasimha fanams as well. All these issues are very similar, though dozens of small varieties do exist. Unfortunately, we do not know enough about them to distinguish between the different issues and attribute them to a certain ruler or period, though some coins might show the Dutch VOC initials on the reverse.