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seem, however, that Sassapian coins of a considerably later

date were also imitated by the Hūņas. (6) Sabsquent to the Hūņa conquest of the Gupta Kingdom of East

Mālwa, Toramāņa caused small silver coins, hemidrachms, to

be struck, resembling these of Budhagupta (A.D. 484-510). (c) Mihirakula issued copper coins of the usual Kuşana type.

The Gadhaiya Coins.

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The Gadhaiyā coins of Gujarāt are in all probability imitations of these Hūņa coins which themselves were imitations of the Sassanian coins struck in the reign of Firūz or later. *

The first Hūņa imitations—simply rude copies of the original Sassanian thin silver pieces-were probably made by the orders of Toramāņa. Their presence in large numbers in Mārwār justifies the influence that the Lower Indus ranges and Western Rājpātāna came under the sway of the Hūņas.

Later imitations show “ as they recede from the prototype a more degraded representation of the original types and an increasing thickness of fabric." Mewār, Mārwār, and all Rājpūtānā are the districts in which coins of this intermediate type are still found in large numbers.

The Gadhaiyā coins exhibit this degradation in stages even more and more advanced, till to the eye of the uninitiated they seem to present merely an oblong button or mace on the obverse, and on the reverse a medley of dots and lines. While, however, the Sassanian prototype of the reign of Firūz and the intermediate imitations are little more than thin laminæ of silver, these Gadhaiyā coins are distinctly thick for their diameter, so thick as to be almost dumpy.

* That the Gadhaiyā coins are ultimately derived from coins of the Indo-Sassanian type has long been known to namismatists. Cunningham in the Eleventh Volume (pages 175-176) of his Archæological Survey Reports writes : “The silver coins found near the ruins of Vajrāsan Vibāra of Viradeva are all of the class known

as Indo-Sassanian. Similar coins are found in Mālwā and Gnjarāt, but they are never inscribed. The earliest coins of the class are of large size, and their imita“tion of the Sassanian money is direct and obvious. But the latter coins depart

more and more from the original, so that it is not easy at first sight to trace “ their descent. Several specimens selected by me from the Stacy collection were

published by James Prinsep in 1837 to illustrate this descent, with a graceful “acknowledgment that the fact had been previously pointed out by me in January, “ 1836 (Bengal As. Soc. Journal, VI. 295, Plate XIX, Figs. 7-14). 'It is,' he says, ac o to Captain Cunningham that we are indebted for the knowledge of balusters, “parallelograms, and dots being all resolvable into the same fire-altar and its at. “tendants.' In 1876, or just one generation later, the same fact wąs proved over

again by Mr. Codrington, Secretary of the Bombay Asiatic Society. He select-. ed,' says Pandit Bhagwānlal Indraji, 'a series of coins to show the gradual “ change of the Persian head on the obverse, and the fire-altar on the reverse, of “the Sassanian coins into the oblong button and the series of dots and lines “ found on the Gadhaiyà coins.' (Bombay As. Soc. Journal, Vol. XII, 325).”


Copper Gadhaiyã coins are not very uncommon, but all the specimens I have seen are of a particularly degraded type. They apparently issued from the mints long after remembrance of the original design had been entirely lost. The name Gadhaiyā Paisā still in vogue in Gujarāt applies to both the silver and the copper varieties of this type of coin.

Description of Coins. A. Sassanian Coins of Firāz: R: Diameter 1.2 in. : very thin; weight 59 grains. Obverse : within circle :

King's face in profile to right: pronounced nose: short beard:

ear-ring with triple pendant: rose behind lobe of ear: tight-fitting necklace; sash over each shoulder: high

crown with star on either side, Legend: Kadi Piruzi (King Firūz)

Or Mazdisn Kadi Piruzi (the Ahura-mazda-worshipping

Outside circle :

Above crowọ a crescent with star in its bosom (on some

of the coins of Firüz the King's crown has two wings,

one in front and the other behind). Reverse: within circle:

Fire altar, narrow at middle, and surmounted by four rows

of flame: a wing on each side of altar, near its centre: standing on each side an attendant with sword reaching to ground: to left of flame a star, and to right a cres

cent moon. B. Hūņa imitations of A. R: diameter reduced but thickness increased: average weight of five coins 57 grains. Obverse: Original design crudely copied with much blurring and

loss of detail: face recognisable but nose long and very attenuated : in front of lips a snake like wavy line: legend

represented by mere strokes. Reverse: Fairly clear outline of fire-altar, flame being represen

ted by a pyramid of dots: attendants shrunk to curved lines.

0. Gadhaiyā Paisa imitations of B: R: diameter much reduced but thickness pronounced: average weight of twenty-one coins 62 grains, . Obverse : Face less and less discernible, resembling at last a

mallet or globe-headed stud : ear much elongated and

separated from head : wavy line still present. Reverse : Arrangement of lines, parallelograms, and dots distantly

suggestive of a fire-altar. With the exception of the crescent above the crown, the latest Gadhaiya coins in silver and all in copper have scarcely a trace remaining of the Sassanian prototype. They exhibit on one side a thick unwieldy mace in a field of dots and on the other mere rows of dots and lines.

The accompanying two Plates have been prepared from exquisite photographs taken from plaster casts of the coins by my kind friend Mr. H. Cousens, M.R.A.S., Superintendent of the Archeological Survey of Western India. On one Plate the obverse, and on the other the reverse, impressions have been so arranged as to exhibit their further and further departure from the original type.

Periods of Currency. A. The Sassanian monarch Firūz reigned from A.D. 457-484, and the Hūņa imitations followed the type of the coins of the latter part of this reign, say from A.D. 470-484.

B. The first Hūņā imitations were current in Western Rajpūtānā during the reign of Toramāņa in the first quarter of the sixth century: Subsequently throughout Mewār, Mārwār, and all Rājputānā the Inter Hüņā imitations had a large circulation. They were also probably current in Gujarāt and even perhaps in Kathiāwād side by side with the Valabhi coinage. This latter ceased to issue after the fall of Valabhi about the year A.D. 766, and thereafter the Hūņā imitations served as the currency for those provinces.

0. The Gadhaiyā coins, increasingly degenerate imitations of the Hūņa imitations, were probably issued during the Chāvada (A.D. 746942), the Chālukya (A.D. 942-1243), and Vāghelā (A.D. 1244-1297) dynasties of Gujarāt, and continued to be the accepted coin of the realm till · Alā-ul-din's conquest of the province at the close of the 13th century. Thus the period of currency for these Gadhaiyā coins covers more than five hundred years-a long period, but not too long if regard be had to the extreme degeneration, both in design and workmanship, exhibited by these coins.


The name Gadhaiyā or, as sometimes pronounced, Gadhiyā, is said

to be derived from the Sanskrit Gardabhiya, meaning "asinine," "of
the Ass.dynasty." How so strange a designation came to be attached
to the coin is not very evident, but I venture to suggest the following
as a possible explanation. For some twenty years after the settlement
of the Hūņas on the banks of the Oxus, the reigning Sassanian king
was Varahran V (A.D. 419-438), who from his devotion to the chase,
and especially to the chase of the wild-ass, gained the nick-name of
Varahrān Gur, or Bahrām the Ass[-hunter]. Now when the coins
of this king began to circulate amongst his enemies, the Hūņas,
these by a very evident jeu d'esprit may have dubbed the thin.insigni-
ficant-looking silver pieces " Ass-money," a name that would readily
“ stick." Later on when imitations of coins of the same Sassanian
type were struck by the Hüņas themselves in India, the name would
fall to be translated by some Prākṣit form of the Sanskrit equivalent,
Gardabhiya: and this designation, by a process of phonetic degenera-
tion proceeding pari passu with the more and more degraded workman-
ship of the coins themselves, finally dwindled down to. Gadhaiyā, the
term in use to-day by the common people.

Gādhaiya =Gadhaiya-ka.


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This coin has the same legends as coin No. 187 described by Thomas (vide Chronicles, Plate VI. Fig. 6), but instead of one of the legends being within a circle, both legends are arranged in square areas, This coin is unique so far as is known.


20. Firoz Shah III.
Metal Silver,
Weight. 93 grains. Mint and date absent.
This is the only coin of Firoz in silver so far as our information
J. 1. 48

goes. The legends are similar to those on coin No. 226 of the Chronicles, but that is a gold coin. The margin is too fragmentary to be read with any confidence. The coin looks perfectly genuine, but its weight is extraordinary. Could it possibly have been struck from the gold die by mistake, or was it intended for a "half-rapee"?

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22. An important collection of Mughal coins changed hands during the early part of the year, when the Government of the United Pro-vinces, aided by a grant from the Director General of Archæology, acquired for the cabinet of the Lucknow Museum the coins of Mr. R. W. Ellis, recently of Lahore and now of Jubbulpore. This acquisition brings the Lucknow Museum cabinet into the very front rank as regards the Mughal period, and it is to be hoped that the authorities will take an early opportunity of issuing a descriptive and fully illustrated catalogue of their fine collection, An abstract of the rarer coins in the Ellis cabinet (which included 84 gold, 1,670 silver and 533 copper coins) has been compiled by Mr. Burn for the annual report of the Lucknow Museum for the year ending 31st March 1904, and is given below.

Babar.--Seven silver coins.
Humäyün.--Three silver coins.
Akbar. A-Two coins weighing 7.7 and 5.5 grains, respectively. One

is dated 964 and has no mint, while the other is of the

Fatehpār mint but is not dated.
R-The early rupees are very fine. In the Ilahi series are two

round rupees of Dehli, a dated coin (48 Ilahi) of

Allahābād with the couplet, and some coins of Bairāt.
Æ.-The following rare mints are represented :-Kālpi, Hissar

Sirhind, Ajmir Salemgarh(?), Akbarpār, Mālpūr

Mirath, Atak, Sahāranpur.
Jahangir.--R. Elichpār, Ahmadābād (the rare couplet of 1027

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