Kingdom of Travancore
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Value||8 Cash (1/56)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Conch shell (shanku) in circle flanked by sprays
Legend in English & Malayalam 'Ettu Kashu'
"BRV" for Bala Rama Varma within circle of beads
Translation: Eight 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
- Proof issue (see image below)
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