1 Chuckram - Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma II

1 Chuckram - Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma II -  obverse 1 Chuckram - Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma II -  reverse

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Country Kingdom of Travancore
(Indian states and kingdoms)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1938-1940
Value 1 chuckram (1/28)
Metal Bronze
Weight 8.0 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized yes
References KM# 60
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)


Bust of Bala Rama Varma facing right



Sankha (conch shell) flanked by sprays within circle. Outside circle Legend in English and Malayalam ' Thiruvithamkoor Oru Chuckram'

തിരുവിതാങ്കൂര്‍ ഒരു ചക്രം

Translation: Travancore One Chuckram




- Sree Padmanbhadasa Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, popularly known as Sree Chithira Thirunal, was the last ruling Maharaja of the Princely State of Travancore, in southern India till 1949 and later the Titular Maharajah of Travancore till 1991. He was the eldest son of  Moolam Thirunal Sethu Parvathi Bayi, and Sri Pooram Nal Ravi Varma Koyi Thampuran of the Royal House of Kilimanoor. He became the Maharajah of Travancore, at the age of 12, upon the death of his maternal great uncle, the then Maharajah of Travancore Sree Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma, on August 7, 1924. He reigned under the regency of his maternal aunt, Sethu Lakshmi Bayi (1924-1931), until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers on November 6, 1931.
    Reign : 1924 - 1949
    Coronation: August 7, 1924
    Predecessor: Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma VI
    Regent: Sethu Lakshmi Bayi (1924-1931)
    Successor: Monarchy abolished after Indian Independence
    Born: November 7, 1912, Travancore
    Died: July 20, 1991 (aged 78), Thiruvananthapuram
    Regnal name: Major General H. H. Sree Padmanabhadasa Vanchipala Sir Balarama Varma III Kulasekhara Kiritapathi Manney Sultan Maharajah Raja Ramaraja Bahadur Shamsher Jang, Maharajah of Travancore, GCSI, GCIE
    House: Thrippappoor Keezhperur Swaroopam, Venad Swaroopam
    Father: Pooram Nal Ravi Varma Kochu Koyi Thampuran of Kilimanor
    Mother: Amma Maharani Moolam Thirunal Sethu Parvathi Bayi of Travancore
    Religion: Hinduism
- Dated variety

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1114 (1938) 
ND (1940) 
ND (1940)  Proof

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