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Medals of the Maharajas

(1990)


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With the disintegration of the Great Mughal Empire in India during the 18th century, various princelings, provincial governors and local chiefs assumed hegemony over their territories. The British permitted these "Native Princes" to retain their various titles. These princes created a bewildering variety of medals, decorations and badges to award allies, family members and subordinates for loyalty or faithful service. Noted researcher of Indian numismatics, William Spengler, sheds some light on this basically uncatalogued realm in this fascinating talk. Lecture with slides. Speaker(s): William F. Spengler.
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