Bhopal Rupee: in the name of Shah Alam II, Ry.22 (C#12) Fly whisk & sword

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Rangnath

A dealer lists this coin as being from Bhopal.  The reverse seems similar to a Bhopal rupee C#27, in the name of Muhammad Akbar, and C#12, in the name of Shah Alam, on the reverse. But the obverse suggests that the coin is not from Bhopal.  If I'm right, where is it from?
richie

Oesho

No question, the rupee is of Bhopal state. It's struck in the name of Shah Alam II, Ry.22 (C#12).
For a few of years (we know of Ry.21 -22) a fly-whisk was added on the reverse below the sword.
The mint-name on the coins reads very clearly Bhopal. Nevertheless it has been suggested that they might have been struck at another mint within Bhopal state, but their is still no proof of it.
There were a few other mints active within Bhopal state, viz.: Udaipur, Raisen, Bari and Rahatgarh. On the coins of these mints, the correct mint-name is given. A place suggested to be a mint within Bhopal state is Shujalpur, but no specimen have been traced so far, or we may not have recognized them as such.

Rangnath

Thanks Aidan. 
And thanks for the detailed explanation Oesho. 
Is there anything written on coins from Bhopal that compares in depth with what Bright did for Kutch coins or what you and Kenneth Wiggins did for Gwalior? 
richie

Figleaf

I you haven't seen it already, this site may be of some help. You can search on numismatics (scroll down to "adavanced search") and several regions in India.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

RG

Weight 10.99grams
RY21
Nawab Hayat Muhammad Khan
INO Shah Alam II,
MINT BHOPAL

Figleaf

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.