INDIA, Baroda, Sayaji Rao III (1875-1938) AR rupee, Baroda mint, error date? UNUSUAL!

World Coins - INDIA, Baroda, Sayaji Rao III (1875-1938) AR rupee, Baroda mint, error date? UNUSUAL!
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Obverse Legend
Reverse Remnants of Persian legend, scimitar at left, Devanagari saa gaa (for Sayaji Rao III), date 87 (!!) below.
Date ?? c. 1875
Weight 10.79 gm.
Diameter 20 mm.
Die axis 9 o'clock
Reference KM Y29
Comments A most UNUSUAL coin, waiting for an explanation! The position of the scimitar and the letters saa gaa on the reverse identify this as a coin of Sayaji Rao III. However, his hammered coinage carries a full AH date on the reverse and includes only the dates 1292-1302. This coin carries only the date 87. If it were shorthand for AH 1287, the date is 5 years too early for the reign of Sayaji Rao III! Another possibility is that the coin was issued by Malhar Rao in the first year of his reign (AH 1287), but his coins also normally carry a full AH date and, in any case, it seems almost certain that the Nagari letter identifying the king is saa, not maa. So perhaps this is an error date, or some other explanation is required!
Price SKU: mh14.22
US$ 35.00
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