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Auction 43  24 Feb 2024
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Dewas, Senior Branch, Maharaja Vikramsingh Pawar (1937-1947 AD), Gold Nazarana Half Mohur, VS 1994 (1937 AD), Devanagari legends in Modi script on both sides, Obv:'Rajya Dewas Mothi Pati 1994'within dotted border, Rev: 'Vikramasinh Pawar'within dotted border, 5.17g, 20.46mm, (Unlisted in KM), sharp and crisp strikes, pristine quality, almost uncirculated, Exceedingly Rare. Note: The Dewas State, situated in present-day Madhya Pradesh, emerged as a princely state in central India during the British colonial period. Its inception dates back to the early 18th century when Maratha brothers, Tukoji Rao I and Jivaji Rao, received the territory as a reward for their military service to Maratha Empire Peshwa Baji Rao in 1726. Administered by the Pawar dynasty, Dewas State was bifurcated into Dewas Junior and Dewas Senior, each under the rule of one of the brothers. This division persisted over time, with both entities issuing their distinct coins, including gold mohurs.This mohur is thought to have been minted to commemorate the ascension ceremony of Vikram singh Rao I Pawar in 1937, making it an exceptionally rare piece. Following the Maratha conquest of Malwa, the Pawar clan strategically established Dewas Junior and Senior seats.The coin showcases the Modi script, historically employed for writing the Marathi language.
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