Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

(Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)

Hon of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Gold,
Maratha Dynasty,
1627 – 1680 A. D.
Dimensions: Size: 1.1 cms.
Weight: 2.9 gms.
Accession Number: 3257

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, after whom this museum is renamed, founded the Maratha empire in the Konkan region. From a small jagir (barony), he established a powerful Maratha force and successfully fought the Mughals as well as other foreign powers. Shivaji issued copper and gold coins. His copper coins are known as Shivrais. He was the first Maratha ruler to start the Raj Shaka (royal era).

This gold coin is the Hon, probably issued on the occasion of his coronation in 1674. The coins of Shivaji bear the title ‘Chhatrapati’ on the obverse and the legend ‘Shri Raja Shiva’ on the reverse of the coin.

The text is in Nagari script.