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Malwa square falus in the name of Akbar.
« on: July 12, 2011, 07:12:35 AM »
I believe that this is a Malwa Issue in the name of Akbar. Please help confirm.

Amit
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Re: Akbar. Please help attribute.
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011, 01:19:00 PM »
On the right image something of 'Jalal al-Din Muhammad' can be read. So it is pretty safe to attribute it as an Malwa issue of Akbar. I presume the weight will be approx. 6.6 g.

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Re: Akbar. Please help attribute.
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 01:21:49 PM »
Dear Oesho,

Thank you. I will weigh the coin and post the weights tomorrow.

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Re: Akbar. Please help attribute.
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011, 06:42:51 PM »
It is an attractive coin Amit.  If Oesho's guess of the weight is correct, does that make this a 1/4 dam?  A damra? 
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Re: Akbar. Please help attribute.
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011, 03:00:16 AM »
The coin weight is 6.4 g. So what would the coin be called, a Damra?

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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 11:11:32 AM »
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The coin weight is 6.4 g. So what would the coin be called, a Damra?
The coins were produced according a local Malwa standard. During the Sultanate of Malwa various weight standards for copper were use, viz.: 100, 96, 80, 64, 40, 32 rati. By the end of the Sultanate the standard for sq. copper coins was around 64 rati (c.7.2 g.) and are usually defined as a falus.
The provincial copper issues of Akbar's from Malwa range in weight from 6.35 - 6.70 g.  This is about 60 rati, which fits in between the 40 and 80 rati standard introduced in the time of Ghiyath Shah (1469-1500) for the sq. copper coin and became the basic unit, named a falus. About century later, during Akbar's time the 60 rati standard may have become more or less the local Malwa standard for sq. copper coins.

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Re: Malwa issue in the name of Akbar.
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 11:20:50 AM »
Dear Oesho,

Thank you very much for the information on the weight of the provincial issues of Malwa during the time of Akbar. Since Falus means a copper coin, should this coin be called a 60 rati Falus?

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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2011, 11:01:19 PM »
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Since Falus means a copper coin, should this coin be called a 60 rati Falus?
You're perfectly right that falus denotes a copper coin, but used as denomination as well. In some countries even up to this day. It is similar to the rupee which name is derived from Sanskrit 'rupya' and also means silver.

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Re: Malwa square falus in the name of Akbar.
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2011, 01:40:17 AM »
In case you were wondering, fils circulate or have circulated in Iraq, Bahrain, Jordan and South Yemen. It was originally a Persian coin, whose name was derived from the Roman follis.

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