MUGHAL ERA COINS
- February 25, 2022
- Posted by: admin1
- Category: DPN Topics
MUGHAL ERA COINS
TOPIC: Art & Culture
Context- A piece of antiquity billed as a rarity — a one-rupee silver coin struck at Kabul mint by Shah Jahan to declare rebellion against his father Jahangir in 1627 — is going under the hammer in Bengaluru on February 26.
- The coin has been struck at Kabul in the name of Khurram, the pre-accession name of Shah Jahan.
- The coin was an important aspect in the power struggle between Jahangir and his ﬁrst son Khurram (Shah Jahan).
- The standard gold coin of the Mughals was the Mohur.
- AbulFazl in his ‘Ain-i-Akbari’ indicated that a Mohur was equivalent to nine rupees. Half and quarter mohurs are also known.
- The silver rupee which was an adoption from Sher Shah’s currency, was the most famous of all Mughal coins.
- Akbar issued both round and square coins.
- In 1579, he issued gold coins called Ilahi coins to propagate his new religious creed ‘Din-i-Illahi’. O
- n this coin, it was written ‘God is great, may his glory be glorified’.
- Sahansah was the largest gold coin.
- These coins bore the names of the persian solar months.
- Jahangir showed the legend in a couplet in the coins. In some of his coins, he added the name of his beloved wife Noorjahan. The most famous of his coins had images of Zodiac signs.
- Shah Jahan continued striking coins in three metals i.e. gold (mohur), silver (rupee) and copper (dam).
- His pre-accession coins bear the name Khurram.
- Rare coins were struck in the name of Khurram during the early reign of Shah Jahan in the mints of Lahore and Kabul.