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Modern Asian coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens => Indian subcontinent: Mughal, Princely states and colonial (1526-1947) => Mughal central government => Topic started by: abhinumis on December 31, 2014, 07:07:11 AM

Title: Humayun light weight falus
Post by: abhinumis on December 31, 2014, 07:07:11 AM
Hi all,
Another fascinating copper is the light weight falus minted from Babur to Humayun from Agra mint. The reason for minting them in this standard is elusive as they differ from the known Bahloli standard. The falus weighs around 4.2 -4.5 gms while half falus weighs 2-2.4 gms. More research needs to be done on these coins. The minting technique is similiar to the shahrukhis .
Here is an example of Humayun dated 940Ah
Title: Re: Humayun light weight falus
Post by: abhinumis on December 31, 2014, 07:11:04 AM
The legend on them is pretty simple
obverse:
zarb falus agra
reverse:
Fi tarikh nuhshad wa chehel i.e 940Ah
Title: Re: Humayun light weight falus
Post by: asm on December 31, 2014, 07:52:03 AM
Another fascinating copper is the light weight falus minted from Babur to Humayun from Agra mint. The reason for minting them in this standard is elusive as they differ from the known Bahloli standard. The falus weighs around 4.2 -4.5 gms while half falus weighs 2-2.4 gms. More research needs to be done on these coins. The minting technique is similar to the shahrukhis . Here is an example of Humayun dated 940AH

I agree. I have a 1/2 Bahloli of Humayun which very much resembles the Bahloli in looks and legend. So, did they have 2 weight standards? I am not sure if I had posted it here earlier. Will need to look.

Amit
Title: Re: Humayun light weight falus
Post by: asm on December 31, 2014, 08:05:29 AM
A link to the 1/2 Bahloli of Agra AH 946.  (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,12206.msg82905.html#msg82905) Overlord has given links to two other coins there.

Amit
Title: Re: Humayun light weight falus
Post by: capnbirdseye on December 31, 2014, 11:06:18 AM
Here is my example of lightweight falus, 4.05g ,
I posted it here (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,28546.msg182964.html#msg182964)
Title: Re: Humayun light weight falus
Post by: asm on January 01, 2015, 01:05:32 PM
Here is the observation of Shailendra Bhandare on Fb:

They have often been attributed as a '1/2 Bahluli' but I think it is an independent weight standard. I'd call it a 'light weight Fulus'. There is a distinct difference between the Bahlulis and these coins in terms of metallic composition and legends. These coins are of copper and on an average I have found them to weigh around 5 gms - so I guess 5 gms is the 'light weight Fulus' standard and the ones shown above are fractions thereof. Since their condition is often bad, they weigh less than the official weights.

Amit
Title: Re: Humayun light weight falus
Post by: Figleaf on January 01, 2015, 07:00:00 PM
A double weight standard only for Agra makes no sense to me. Why would a light weight, badly struck coin be official and not an imitation, struck far away from Agra?

Peter