Jump to content

Let's have some fish and chips!


Recommended Posts


Well I'm sorry for clickbaiting you into a niche topic, but I'd love to share my newest acquisition!

A rare Pandyan issue with some interesting elements, on the obverse there's the unassuming Chola style standing king, but the party is on the reverse with a couple of fishes in the middle surrounded by the legends Ellanthalaiyan. Most agree on the issuer being Jatavarman Sundara Pandya 1251 CE–1268 CE, however I think this belongs to his successor Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan (1268 – c. 1308 CE) who in 1279 put an end to the Chola dynasty and further conquered the whole of south India,  and thus the title Ellanthalaiyan( Ellam (all/everyone) -thalaiyan (leader), meaning 'Leader of all'. 


Madurai mint?

I have seen many pronunciation/spelling of this title varying from each auction houses and blogs, however I have traced the lettering to the best of my knowledge and got எல்லாந்தலையன் (Ellanthalaiyan), old Tamil script doesn't have dots, so while it reads Elalaanathalaiyana, people back in the day would've still read it as Ellanthalaiyan, but what's interesting is the letters ந் and த being retrograde (the ones near the tails of the fish), which is curious given how this coin types have used Boustrophedon in their lettering, as explained in detail by @quant.geek

Pandya empire at it's greatest extent after defeating their arch nemesis, the Cholas of Thanjavur.


Thanks for reading, and please post you fishes!


Edited by JayAg47
  • Like 7
  • Smile 1
  • Cool Think 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...