1 Cash - Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma II

1 Cash - Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma II -  obverse1 Cash - Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma II -  reverse

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Country Kingdom of Travancore (Hindu Dynasties)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1928-1949
Value 1 Cash (1/448)
Currency Rupee (1729-1947)
Composition Copper
Weight 0.48 g
Diameter 11.3 mm
Thickness 0.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 22588
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References KM# 57
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.


Eight pointed star surrounds Shanku (conch Shell) at center.


Legend in Malayalam: "Oru Kaashu"


Translation: One Cash




- 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
- This is the thinner and lighter version. There is a thicker and heavier (0.65 grams) version of the same coin that was issued in Travancore by Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma VI (1901-10) and listed in Krause as KM#46.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
ND (1928)  8% Proof
ND (1928-1949)  2.38 1.90 5.46 2.82 93%

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