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Legends of Travancore: A Numismatic Heritage

Joseph Thomas M. (Author)

The Kingdom of Travancore in the Southern part of India was a native state in British India which was well known for its progressive outlook. Its enlightened royalty ruled the country as Sree Padmanabha Dasa. They had in place a well oiled administrative mechanism that implemented various programs and reforms, resulting in an overall development of Travancore. Though Travancore was under the colonial rulers, there was a well-orchestrated administrative machinery for coinage. Coins were minted as per the specifications ordered by the periodically issued Royal Proclamations. It is creditable that Travancore retained its independence in its functioning to a large extent. This book is an insight into the coins of Modern Travancore (from 1729 AD) which not only reflects the religious beliefs of the rulers, but also sketches the socio-political atmosphere of the period. About the author: Dr Joseph Thomas hailing from Thiruvananthapuram, is a Professor of Urology at Manipal University in India. His passion for collecting coins developed into a serious numismatic pursuit. His special area of interest is the study of the history of Venad and Travancore. His detailed study of the Travancore coins and the various related issues give an insight into the rich numismatic heritage of modern Travancore. He is a Life Member of the Philatelic and Numismatic Association of Thiruvananthapuram and a Life Member of the South Indian Numismatic Society, Chennai.

Contents: 1 Travancore A Brief History; 2 Travancore Coinage History; 3 Sree Padmanabha Dasa Maharaja Anizham Thirunal Veera Bala Marthanda Varma Kulasekahara Perumal; 4 Sree Padmanabha Dasa Vanchi pala Karthika Thirunal Rama Varma Maharaja; 5 Sree Padmanabha Dasa Maharaja Avitaam Thirunal Bala Rama Varma; 6 Sree Padmanabha sevini Vanchi Dharma Vardhini Rajarajeswari Ayillyam Thirunal Rani gouri Lakshmi Bayi; 7 Sree Padmanabha Sevini Uthrittathi Thirunal Rani Gaouri Parvathi Bayi; 8 Sree Padmanabha Dasa Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma Kulsekhara Perumal; 9 Sree Padmanabha Dasa Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma; 10 Sree Padmanabha Dasa Maharaja Ayillyam Thirunal Rama Varma; 11 Sree Padmanabha Dasa Maharaja Vishakam Thirunal Rama Varma; 12 Sree Padmanabha Dasa Maharaja Moolam thirunal Rama Varma; 13 Pooradam Thirunal Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi; 14 Sree Padmanabha Dasa Maharaja Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma; 15 Coin Counting Boards; 16 Thuilapurusha Danam; 17 Summary of Gazettes Regarding Coins; 18 Reporting about Tranvcore Administration; 19 Malayala Manorama News Summary; 20 Proclamation about issues related to Coinage; 21 Conclusion.

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Title Legends of Travancore: A Numismatic Heritage
Format Softcover
Date published: 30.07.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9382460241, 9789382460244
length xxi+268p., Illustrations; Colour; 24cm.