When you look at a coin — especially an old one — do you ever think about the hands through which it passed and the roads it may have traveled over? These gorgeous itty-bitty gold fanams were struck in the Kingdom of Mysore in the late 18th century under the rule of Tipu Sultan. Known as the "Tiger of Mysore," Tipu was renowned for his hatred of the British, fighting in a series of wars against them. In the fourth Anglo-Mysore War the Tiger fell, and with him the independence of his kingdom. Upon his death, Mysore became a princely state, subject to the British crown. These fascinating coins are from the tumultuous years of Tipu's reign. Our choice of date and MS grade.