COIN NAMES: numismatic dictionary

Dhabu: coin from Princely State of Kutch; 1/8 kori


1 dhabu, 1943: Princely State of Kutch (India)

1 dhabu, 1943: Princely State of Kutch (India)

Cutch State or Kutch State (in numismatic catalogs the issuer is often indicated as Princely State of Kutch) — a kingdom in the Kutch region (1147-1819) and a princely state under British rule (1819-1947). Its territories covered the present day Kutch region of Gujarat (Republic of India).

Coin with a round hole in the center.

The design of the coin is as similar as possible to several other denominations from the same series (1940s): 1 payalo, 1 dhinglo and 1 adhio. The differences are minimal.

Ruler: Vijayarajaji (Maharajadhiraj Mirza Maharao Sri Sir Vijayarajaji Khengarji Sawai Bahadur) — the ruling Rao of Cutch (1942-1948).

Date on coin: VS 1999 (VS: "Vikram Samvat" — Hindu calendar used in the Indian subcontinent; in India it is used in several states) = 1943 (Gregorian calendar).

The legend on the reverse and obverse of the coin is written in two languages: Devanagari script and Perso-Arabic script (Urdu), respectively.

महाराओ श्री विजयराजजी - कच्छ - १૯૯૯: Maharao Shri Vijayrajji - Kutch - 1999.

ढबु: dhabu.

Symbols of Kutch State — crescent, trident, katar (type of push dagger).

جورج ٦ قيصر ہند: George VI Emperor of India.

ضرب بہوج: Struck in Bhuj (capital of the Cutch State during 1549-1947).

۱۹۴٣: 1943.

Floral ornament around the hole in the center of the coin.

  • Copper: 23 mm - 6.6 g
  • Reference price: 9$

COIN DHABU — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. PRINCELY STATE OF KUTCH, INDIA (1942-1947): dhabu = 6 trambiyo = 3 dokdo = 2 dhinglo = 1/2 payalo = 1/4 adhio = 1/8 kori

DHABU as coin name.
Dhabu is a purely Indian coin of the mid-20th century. It was minted during 1942-1947 in the Princely state of Kutch.
Tracing the actual etymology of the coin's name is difficult due to the large number of languages and scripts in India: there are at least several versions of the origin of the term.
According to one version, the coin got its name from "ઢબ" in the Gujarati language, which in translation means something like "to look impressive while being of low value".
Also there is the statement about the origin of the coin name dhabu from the term ढबु / ढब्बु from the Marathi language — "a double pice" or "money".