Q. What is the term used for gold coins in Tamil during Vijayanagara Kingdom?
The Vijayanagara kings issued a large number of gold coins called Varaha (also called Pon in Tamil and Honnu in Kannada).
- These gold coins have the images of various Hindu deities and animals like the bull, the elephant and the fabulous gandaberunda (a double eagle, sometimes holding an elephant in each beak and claw).
- The legend contains the king’s name either in Nagari or in Kannada script.
Source: Tamil Nadu state board.