India (Travancore) Velli Fanam  1864
India (Travancore) Velli Fanam 1864

The letters 'RV' is a good indicator for the old Indian Princely State of Travancore, located on the west side of the southern tip of India. This particular coin denomination is known as velli fanam, and they were minted in low-grade silver only in 1864. It shows the letters 'R.V.' standing separately instead of in monogram form, as on other issues such as the 2 chuckram denonination, which is rarer and more valuable. The letters 'R.V.' stand for 'Rama Varma (III), the Maharaja of Travancore during this period. The preceding Raja was Rama Varma II, and the following was Rama Varma IV, so this explais the stagnant monogram on these issues.

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Values of these coins are low. The catalog gives this assessment:

worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $25

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Coin: 16510 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: simon, Sun, 09-Feb-2014 21:30:43 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Tue, 11-Feb-2014 04:14:39 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 26-Jan-2016 23:19:18 GMT
Requester description: R.V. on the one side in the centre with a swirly pattern all round. there are 5 arrow shapes/triangle like grapes on a vine. the other side has a lorall wreath with symbols in side diamond on its side with a curved line with 2 dots one on each side then 2 ? mark shapes with 3 dots between then a line of 5 dots. 15mm diameter
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