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August 23, 2007

Rare Jubilee silver medal from Gwalior at UBS

Another eye catching item in the UBS auction 73 set to close the first week in September is this Jubilee sliver medal from Gwalior. At almost 77g. this is a large and impressive item, with bust of Madhav Rao Scindia at the top of the obverse and a sharp centered Arms on the reverse. Gwalior medal.Rao Scindia ruled from 1886 to 1925 and the design of this medal obviously shows him great respect. For the first eight years of his rule, Gwalior was run by regents, but after turning 18 Madhav Rao became a very active Maharaja.

His 39 year's as Maharaja began when he was 10 years old and when he died Gwalior was left to his 9 year old son George Jiyajirao Scindia. Both were major figures in Gwalior's progressive era before joining the Union of India in 1948. After joining the Union, George Jiyajirao served as regional Governor for eight years until 1956.

The lot description of this great historical item notes some minor scratches and grades the medal good extremely fine, with an estimate of 3500 CHF or about $2900 USD.

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Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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