The Half Tanka of Basudevanarayana are among the rarest coins of Cooch Behar. Vasudeva's reign was short; his accession was disputed by a rival who sought the help of the Bhutanese. The latter invaded and sacked the city before retreating back to their homeland.

Rules in the Western Koch Kingdom

  • AD 1681-1683

Half Tanka

Śri Śri/ Krishna Charana/ Kamala Madhu/ Karasya;

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legends in four lines on both sides only partially visible,
Śri Śri/ Śiva Charana/ Kamala Madhu/ Karasya
rev. Śri Śrima/t Vasudeva Nara/yanasya Śake/ ...
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