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Offline mitresh

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Nur Jahan: Silver Rupee of Ahmedabad Mint
« on: August 03, 2013, 08:18:25 AM »
Nur Jahan, Silver Rupee, 11.18g, Ahmedabad Mint, AH 1037, RY 22

The poetic couplet on the coin reads:

Ba hukm Shah Jehangir yafta sad zevar
Ba nam-e-Noor Jehan badshah begam zer


[Coin struck] by the order of Shah Jehangir, [This] gold hath a hundred beauties gained
with the inscription of the name of Noor Jehan, the Badshah Begum (Empress).

In the waning years of his reign (AH 1031/32 - 1037), Jahangir lost himself in drink, and allowed his queen Nur Jahan to effectively run the administration of the empire. This coin is tangible proof of Nur Jahan's power, as she places her own name on the coin, although nominally the issuer is Jahangir. Due to Nur Jahan's undue influence on Jahangir and her interference with Shah Jahan's accession, Shah Jahan made it a capital crime to use these coins and ordered them all melted, accounting for their rarity now. Those that escaped the melting pot were deliberately disfigured as Shah Jahan wanted to obliterate all reference to Nur Jahan and remove her name from all sources of records including coins.

This coin is dated in the last year of Jahangir's reign ie AH 1037, and RY 22, with both the dates featuring distinctively and complete on the coin, which is also devoid of disfigurement or any test-marks. Apart from Razia Sultan of the Delhi Sultanate, Nur Jahan was the only other Muslim women to feature on an Indian coin.
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Re: Nur Jahan: Silver Rupee of Ahmedabad Mint
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2013, 09:39:34 AM »
..........Apart from Razia Sultan of the Delhi Sultanate, Nur Jahan was the only other Muslim women to feature on an Indian coin.
You seem to have missed the Begums of Bhopal.........  Shah Jahan Begum had her name on the coins......

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Re: Nur Jahan: Silver Rupee of Ahmedabad Mint
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2013, 04:55:30 PM »
So I did, thanks for pointing it out.
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Re: Nur Jahan: Silver Rupee of Ahmedabad Mint
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2013, 08:15:10 PM »
Mitresh, this is a nice looking coin with both the AH & RY dates visible along with the mint name. TFS.

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Re: Nur Jahan: Silver Rupee of Ahmedabad Mint
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2013, 01:38:46 AM »
This is a very beautiful specimen Mitresh.  I can see why people are willing to pay a lot for this particular one.
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