Saturday, September 4, 2010

Princely State of Muli Cash Coupon - WW2 British India


Today's post is on cash coupons issued by Muli state during WW2. Muli was a fourth class state, formerly in Western India States Agency (Eastern Kathiawar); which got later merged in Saurashtra and now in modern state of Gujarat after India got independence from Britain.

Muli consisted of 19 villages under it with 133 square miles of area. The Chiefs of Muli, were of the Sodha Parmar Clan and claimed descent from the line to which the celebrated Raja Vir Vikram, Raja Bhoj and Raja Jagdev Parmar belonged. The Parmars, whose original home was at Thar Parkar in Sindh (now Pakistan), entered the peninsula of Kathiawar in about 1470-1475. The Parmars' Lakh Dirji named this Princely State after a milkmaid who used to deliver milk to Lakh Dirji. The town is famous for the battle fought between the Chabhad and the Parmars for a wounded partridge. One can read detailed history of Muli state on pages 553 to 556 of the "Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency, Volume VIII, Kathiawar".

Shown below is four of cash coupons issued by Muli state during WWII. All the cash coupons have same pattern where it mentions "Muli Darbar" in Gujarati meaning Muli Court with the portrait of then ruler Thakor Dharmendra Singhji (1940-1948). The cash coupons with or without overprint of "GPP" are known to be in existence. The one I am showing is without overprint.

First one (on left) was issued with denomination of 1 paisa. It has been recorded as number 26.1 in Indian Paper Money Catalogue by Kishore Jhunjhunwalla.

Other one (on right) was issued with denomination of 2 paisa. It has been recorded as number 26.2 in Indian Paper Money Catalogue by Kishore Jhunjhunwalla.

Third one (on right) was issued with denomination of 1 Anna. It has been recorded as number 26.3 in Indian Paper Money Catalogue by Kishore Jhunjhunwalla.

Last one (on left) was issued with denomination of 4 Annas. It has been recorded as number 26.5 in Indian Paper Money Catalogue by Kishore Jhunjhunwalla.

The catalogue mentions another cash coupon which is missing in my collection. It was issued with denomination of 2 Annas and recorded as 26.4.

As usual, I have no information on Muli's contribution on WWII front i.e. what kind of assistance it extended to British Empire during those days. Thus, any information in this regard will be highly appreciated.

1 comment:

Raj Harshrajsinh said...

awesome work .. I want to know abt other parmars who establish their own small states in Gujarat north and east , There are many small Tillats cum Thakorsaheb of Paramara in this area ..

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