Gold Haidar Ali Pagoda
The Mysore Haidar Ali Pagoda classified by Codrington as TwoSwami Pagoda was struck in Mysore in 1763 and were current in Ceylon (1777 Thunberg, p 229)
|KM Mysore #15|
Obverse : Siva and parvati seated.
Reverse : Granulated with large persian initial He in the shape of a sickle ( C ) in centre.
Struck by Haydar 'Ali of Mysore in 1763.
The obverse design is of the Ikkeri type issued by Sadasiva Nayak, who belonged to the Keladi family of Ikkeri (Bednur). When Hyder Ali captured Bednur, he continued minting these coins substituting the reverse legend with his initial He'.
Is this the pagoda described in Thunberg as having a moon on the reverse, and stamped with two images on the opposite side; it is of, and is met with in whole and half pieces.
* Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington. Colombo 1924
Page 172 Chapter XIII Miscellaneous: VI - Pagodas and Fanams.
The coin was scanned at 600dpi and the images are displayed at 500dpi.
The BU condition coins were purchased in January 2002 on ebay from Jim Farr, a leading US collector.