An early trading coin or fanam, minted by the British in Madras, mid to late 1600's

(downloaded Apr. 2006)

"British India, Madras, circa mid to late 1600's AD, Shiva / Inscription. Gold Fanam; very tiny."

A gold pagoda minted by Madras Presidency, c.1678-1740, showing the god Venkateshvara

(downloaded Nov. 2007)

Another example of the gold pagoda with Venkateshvara and a star design

(downloaded Sept. 2006)

A gold "three-swami" pagoda, c.1740-1807

(downloaded July 2007)

"Madras Presidency: (c. 1740-1807) Gold "3-swami" pagoda. Obverse  Three-quarter length figure of Venkateswara standing facing, flanked by his two consorts, Sridevi and Bhudevi. Reverse  Granulated field. Date  c. 1740-1807. Weight  3.44 gm. Diameter  12 mm."

A half-rupee coin from 1758/9, minted officially in the name of Shah Alam

Source: ebay, May 2007

A quarter-pagoda coin, labeled in three scripts

Source: ebay, June 2007

A copper rupee issued by the Company at Madras, 1794

Source: ebay, May 2007

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