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04 Oct 2015

Indore 1/2 Anna - Yashwant Roa II

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I try to take a coin from my collection at least once a week and try to find as much information/history as I can find. The ones with specific themes and/or heads of state are the easiest but I still tend to find information that I didn't expect. This is the first one I am posting. If there is interest I will keep posting them. Enjoy.

Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Yeshwant Rao II Holkar XIV Bahadur (6 September 1908 – 5 December 1961) was the Maharaja of Indore (Hokar State) belonging to the Holkar dynasty of the Marathas.

He was educated at the Cheam School, Charterhouse and Christ Church, Oxford.

He succeeded his father Tukojirao Holkar III, who abdicated in his favor on February 26, 1926. He was installed on the throne on 11 March 1926 under a regency council. He was invested with full powers on 9 May 1930 at the age of 20. On January 1, 1935 he was made a Knight of the Order of the Indian Empire. He established a legislative council for Indore state and created a cabinet with a prime minister and three ministers. British Resident of Indore, K.S. Fitze, remarked on the great amount of time Maharaja Yeshwant spent abroad.

Christie's art director Amin Jaffer takes this to exemplify maharaja culture's turn to the West.

Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar of Indore, a great aesthete with an impeccable taste and a connoisseur of fine automobiles who assembled one of the most spectacular collection of cars in India.

All cars bought by Maharja Yeshwant Rao Holkar were designed in the spectacular art deco style. His collection of sleek and chic cars was famous not only in India but even Europe and United States. His magnificent collection of Bentleys, Alpha Romeos and Rolls Royces was maintained by a large retinue of staff. Holkars of Indore maintained sprawling establishments in Beverly Hills, Paris and the French Riviera. These cars would be shipped across continents for the “social seasons” where Maharaja Yeshwantrao Holkar and his Maharani hobnobbed with crème de la crème of the European society.

On 11 August 1947 he signed the document of accession to India. Indore State was included in the Union of Madhya Bharat on May 28, 1948. He served as the second Rajpramukh of this new state until 31 October 1956. He then worked for the United Nations.

The Holkar's belonged to the Raj Pali Rajput clan. The sun in the emblem of the Holkar dynasty asserts their Suryavanshi lineage.

In the year 1924 he married Maharani Shrimant Akhand Sahib Soubhagyavati Sanyogita Bai Holkar. Yeshwant Rao and his wife Maharani Sanyogita both studied in England. In 1938 he married Margaret Lawler and after their divorce, married Lady Euphemia Watt of Los Angeles.

He died in a Mumbai Hospital on 5 December 1961.

He is survived by his 2 children - 1. HH Maharani Usha Raje of Indore (inherited the titles and rights). 2. Maharajkumar Shrimant Shivaji Rao Holkar of Indore (Prince Richard Holkar).



Level 7

Well a great idea from a great coin collector. I have read many of your blog's . Everyone has the same formula. History the coin and pictures. This should be the format of all blogs. Thanks


Level 6

That's a great idea. You are going to gain a ton of information. We all should do something like that. At least take your collections out and LOOK at them from time to time! Thanks!!


Level 5

Not that I need help but it helps keep the interest alive.


Level 5

Thanks for the article on world history and numismatics for this coin!


Level 6

Wow! Interesting Blog! Thanks for sharing!


Level 5

Cool! Thanks for the info! And wow, did he have a long name or what?

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