Junagadh, Bahadur Khan (1811-1840 AD), Dokdo, INO Muhammad Akbar II, 2 verities.

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Muhammad Sher Khan Babai was the founder of the Babi Pashtun dynasty of Junagarh in 1654. His descendants, the Babi Nawabs of Junagarh, conquered large territories in southern Saurashtra.

However, during the collapse of the Mughal Empire, the Babis became involved in a struggle with the Gaekwad dynasty of the Maratha Empire over control of Gujarat during the reign of the local Mohammad Mahabat Khanji I. Mohammad Khan Bahadur Khanji I declared independence from the Mughal governor of Gujarat subah, and founded the state of Junagarh in 1730. This allowed the Babi to retain sovereignty of Junagarh and other princely states. During the reign of his heir Junagarh was a tributary to the Maratha Empire, until it came under British suzerainty in 1807 under Mohammad Hamid Khanji I, following the Second Anglo-Maratha War.

In 1807, Junagarh became a British protectorate and the East India Company took control of the state. By 1818, the Saurashtra area, along with other princely states of Kathiawar, were separately administrated under the Kathiawar Agency by British India.

In 1947, upon the independence and partition of India, the last Babi dynasty ruler of the state, Muhammad Mahabat Khanji III, decided to merge Junagarh into the newly formed Pakistan

Details about the coins :-

Nawab :- Bahadur Khan Babi
( AH 1226-1256 / 1811- 40 AD).
INO Muhammad Akbar II
Denomination :- Dokdo,
Minted Technique Hammered coin.
Weight :- 7.22 grams.

Rev: Gujarati VS 1888 on Top & Right side, 1247 AH Devnagri जे बा (for Junagadh Babi) with Junagadh in Persian.

Obs.: Muhammad Akbar II in Persian with Devnagri VS 1888 & in 2nd coin AH 1245, Shri Diwan.

Foot note :-
These two coins minted by two different die.
In my opinion Rev side AH 1247 are frozen date. These coins with three Languages, Persian, Devnagri and Gujarat.

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I like the three languages on the coins. It is an uncommon feature.

Surely, the coins you show were struck with different dies. By itself, this does not prove that the date is frozen, though it is an indication in that direction. Dies were not hardened and coins were not machine struck, so dies had a short life and new dies were cut by hand, not necessarily by the same engraver.

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


Quote from: sarwar khan on January 15, 2023, 04:08:41 PMThese two coins minted by two different die.
In my opinion Rev side AH 1247 are frozen date. These coins with three Languages, Persian, Devnagri and Gujarat.

Since the issue was most likely not a small issue, a number of dies would have surely been used to mint coins in the same year. In fact, I believe that the work of striking these coins including die engraving may have been outsourced and a number of workshops were involved.

These coins are a short run series but surely the date is not a frozen date. An image of my coin dated AH 125(5) / VS 1297 which I had posted earlier here. I have in my collection at least 4 or 5 dates, if not more.

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