Sardula

Dewan Purnaiya, Regent for Krishnaraja Wodeyar, Copper 25 Cash

This is a copper coin issued by Krishnacharya Purniya who was the regent (or Dewan) of the Mysore monarch Krishnaraja Wodeyar. On the obverse side is the depiction of the “Sardula” – a mythological beast with leonine features and horns, and an inscription in Kanarese in two registers. On the topmost register of this side… Read more »

Dewan Purnaiya, Regent for Krishna Raja Wodeyar III

Krishnaraja was placed on the throne when he was a young boy of 5 and therefore his prime minister Dewan Purniya, the former finance minister, served as regent until 1810. This coin was issued during the regency period and features the sardula, the mythical tiger of Mysore. On the reverse, you’ll see the mint name… Read more »

Dewan Purnaiya, Regent for Krishna Raja Wodeyar, Copper 12 1/2 Cash

Two die varieties of fine and scarce coins are seen, which commemorate Dewan Purnaiya, the first Dewan or Prime Minister of the Mysore State. He served three rulers with distinction: Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and finally, upon Tipu’s death, the five-year-old Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. Purnaiya is remembered for laying the foundation of the state’s sound… Read more »