10 - World's smallest GOLD Coin- India 11-13th Century INDIA - 1/10 GOLD FANAM

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Seller: californiacoolcoins4u (2,366) 100%, Location: Colorado, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 362193953097 WORLDS SMALLEST GOLD COIN!!! You are buying 1 coin INDIA 1/10 GOLD FANAM 1 BELE Coin World's smallest GOLD coin (FANAM) from Indian States RARE type issued during 11-13th Century Vijayanagar OBVERSE: SACRED IMAGE REVERSE: ROYAL LEGEND METAL: GOLD You are buying 10 coinsI also sell ONE of these for $16.95If interested contact meCoins in photo larger than actual the coins, these are extremely tiny, a loupe will be needed to see any detailThese coins are so small they have very little gold value. The value is the coin Vijayanagar Was The Capital Of The Last Extensive Hindu Empire In India It Was Situated On The River Tungabhadra In Southern India. The Empire Attained Its Peak Under The Warrior Krishna Deva Raya (Reigned 1509–65), When The City Had An Estimated Population Of 500,000. Thereafter It Came Under Repeated Attack By The Deccani Muslim Kingdoms Of Ahmadnagar, Bijapur, And Golconda.The Names Of The Coins That Were In Circulation During The Period Were Gadyana, Varaha,Pagoda, Pratapa, Haga And Bele To Name A Few. Bele Was The Smallest Gold Coin And It Was Half Of A Haga And Hence Weighed an average of .20 - .70 Grains. A Very tiny, historic and interesting Gold coinphoto's much larger than the actual coins Well, here we have Lord Cornwallis, looser in the American Revolution, having made a quick sortie from North America and finding himself governor-general of India just a few years later. He succeeded in establishing the administrative, legal, and land-revenue codes that made England's rule possible. In so doing he managed to destroy much of India's many Kingdoms ( Rajas, Sultans etc. ). And from this era, here we have what must be the world's smallest gold coin, from the Coorgs of southwestern India. One would think that these tiny coins would pose a tremendous 'handling, sorting & counting' problem, but in fact they were easily counted by means of a counting board with indentations to catch each piece. For many centuries the Coorgs were under the control of their neighbors ( such as the Vijanayagars, Cholas & Hoysalas ) and then in 1834 the State was annexed by the British East India Company. These well struck " fanams " of the 1800's are like miniature treasures and feature stylized versions of Hindu religious symbols. The empire fulfilled its mission for three and half centuries when it patronised and nourished the ancient Hindu culture of the country. The empire disappeared. But the literature, stone & copper inscriptions, monuments and coins of that period still survive. Treasure troves of Vijayanagara coins are found throughout South India. These coins, now, are not just relics of the past. They furnish information pertaining to contemporary political, economic and cultural history. With the foundation of the empire, the currency system in South India became well regulated. Money economy became more regular though, to some extent trade transactions were done by way of barter. The scarcity of coins in the earlier medieval South India was completely removed. Harihara I established at Hampi a separate department of mints to regulate the minting operations. There was a central mint at Hampi and smaller mints were set up at various provincial capitals and other important places such as Barakur, Mangulur, Gandikota, Penukonda, Tirupati, Gutti, Adoni, Tadapatri, Madurai and Mysore. Because of the need for mass production of coins the government allowed some select feudatories also to mint their own coins. Lakkana Dandanayaka, the governor of Tekkali Rajya under king DevarayaII, minted his own coins with the sanction from the king. Monetary System The structure of Vijayanagara currency was carefully standardized. The monetary system was made uniform throughout the empire. Varaha, a gold coin with an approximate weight of 3.4 grams( 52 grains) was made the basic monetary unit. This coin was also called as Gadyana and Pon or Hon. To the English the coin was known as Pagoda. There were three varieties of varahas:- Ghattivaraha Doddavaraha and Suddhavaraha. The Gold issues of the first two kings namely HariharaI and BukkaI were debased. In these coins the gold content was less compared to the subsequent issues of HariharaII and his successors. TABLE OF COINS WITH THEIR RELATIVE VALUES AND WEIGHTS GOLD COINS Dodda varaha = Dodda gadyana =2 varahas = 120 grains 1 gadyana = 1 varaha = 1 pon or hon = pagoda = 52 grains 1 varaha = 2 pratapas = 52 grains = mada 1 pratapa = 2 katis = 26 grains = half varaha 1 kati = 13 grains = quarter varaha 1 varaha = 1- pana (each 5-6 grains) 1 chinna = one eigth varaha =6.5 grains 1 pana = 4 haga = 5-6 grains 1 haga = 2 bele =1.5 grains 1 bele = 0.20 grain The coinage was sub-divided into several denominations. Coins were issued in gold, silver and copper. The coins were mostly circular in shape and were undated. The lowest denomination coin was a copper piece which was equal to 1/3600 of gold varaha. The coins were hammer-struck. You are buying 10 coins Photo's have been enlarged to show detail DISCOUNT ON SHIPPING FOR MULTIPLE PURCHASES FASTEST SHIPPER ON EBAY ALL MY ITEMS ARE SHIPPED THE DAY OF PURCHASE IF PAID BEFORE 1:00PM. 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