Star Pagoda, Issued by, Madras Presidency, India, 1740-1807
Minted by Fort St. George (Madras)

Obverse Description

A half figure of swami or Vishnu; beads at sides

Reverse Description

Granulated with large 5 pointed star at centre

Edge Description



This was the standard pagoda of Madras, referred to as the Madras Current or Star Pagoda from 9 April 1741. This type of coin was made legal tender in New South Wales in November 1800 after a Proclamation by Governor King. Its value in the Colony was set at eight shillings.

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