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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: Overlord on September 28, 2009, 08:38:45 AM

Title: Akbar (AH963-1014/AD1556-1605), Dam, Urdu Zafar Qarin Mint, AH 1000, KM#34.1
Post by: Overlord on September 28, 2009, 08:38:45 AM
Mass=20.1 g

Description (From Valentine):
In his desire to assist in administering justice with his own hands, Akbar set the fashion of an annual movable court on four, and these coins were (as the name implies) struck in the camp for the use of his vast retinue during its stay in various parts of his dominions.

Obverse Zarb Falus Alif [Copper Coin Struck at 1000 (AH)]
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/amitvyas03/AK1-5.jpg)
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/amitvyas03/AKD1.jpg)

Reverse Urdu Zafar Qarin (Camp Associated With Victory)
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/amitvyas03/AK2-5.jpg)
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/amitvyas03/AKD2.jpg)
Title: Re: Akbar (AH963-1014/AD1556-1605), Dam, Urdu Zafar Qarin Mint, AH 1000, KM#34.1
Post by: Figleaf on September 28, 2009, 11:55:06 PM
Another great one, Overlord!

Camp coins are known in Europe also. The earliest I know of were struck in Roman military camps (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,225.0.html), but throughout the middle ages, both kings and lesser lords would at times have a movable mint in their retinue. The last of the movable mints were probably making prisoner of war coins for the French and British armies in the first world war.

Peter
Title: Re: Akbar (AH963-1014/AD1556-1605), Dam, Urdu Zafar Qarin Mint, AH 1000, KM#34.1
Post by: Rangnath on September 29, 2009, 01:09:00 AM
  The last of the movable mints were probably making prisoner of war coins for the French and British armies in the first world war.

Peter

Thanks for that one figleaf.  Someday, someone will ask the question "When were the last of the mobile mints employed?"  and now, thanks to you, I will know the answer!
richie