Copper 1 Paisa coin issued by the Gaekwad Maharaja of Baroda, Sayaji Rao III
Machine struck (milled) in VS 1948 (1891 AD) perhaps at the Baroda mint

Obverse Description

At centre within a circle of beads, cow's hoof; above Negari legend "sakar"; below, scimitar; around Negari legend

Reverse Description

At centre within a circle of beads, Negari legend giving the denomination and year 1948; around, closed vine and flower wreath

Edge Description



The date on this coins is given according to the Vikram (or Bikram) Samvat calander which is about 56 years 8 1/2 months ahead of the Christian era. The employment of the scimitar on Baroda coinage is a normal dynastic symbol. However, the cow's hoof as a pictorial design is new. The dynastic name Gaekwad is derived from their humble origins and means 'cow herd', perhaps it relates to this.

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