Author Topic: Muhayyi al-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb Alamgir, Rupee, Itawa mint, KM#300.39  (Read 2943 times)

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Offline Rangnath

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Having a suitable resource would be of fantastic help in cataloging this coin.  I think it is of the type Km 300.  To further identify it, what and where should I focus my attention? Are mint marks significant? 

I have another question that is more general.  If..
     1.money were no object and
     2. nor was the condition of the text a concern
     3. and having updated pricing information were not a consideration

If I were to purchase a "World Catalog of coins, 1601 to 1700" and a "World Catalog of coins, 1701 to 1800", which editon is considered the most comprehensive and contains the highest quality images?

richie
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Re: Muhayyi al-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb Alamgir Rupee
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008, 04:01:59 AM »
To answer your question, I don't know.  I have the K&M 1601-1700 3rd edition, the 1701-1800 third edition.  I don't use them much but the 1801-1900 (fourth edition) and the 1901-2003 I use a lot.

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Re: Muhayyi al-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb Alamgir Rupee
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008, 02:26:50 PM »
Dear Richie, you are quite right in identifying this coin; Aurangzeb Alamgir. The mint is Itawa. ref.: KM#300.39.
In the series of the Great Mughals, you will not find much additional marks, or mintmarks.
All you need to do is reading the rulers name, date, regnal year and mint. These four items of information are essential.
Which books to use is always difficult. Despite a large numismatic library for South and Southeast Asia of (presently) 577 volumes (and almost an equal number of history books) I use most of the time a limited number of reference works.
For general references the KM catalogues are quite adequate, but for other more specialised questions you require Mitchiner, Goron, Pridmore, Tye, Deyell, Rhodes, etc. All depends on the subject. There is no general rule.

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Re: Muhayyi al-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb Alamgir Rupee
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008, 11:52:55 PM »
Thanks so much Oesho. 
Shortly after I had posted an image of this coin, I did just what you recommended  for another coin of Aurangzeb; I "read" (being extremely generous with that word!) the name of the ruler, the date, the reynal year and the place of mint.  This is also a coin of Itwa and, hence, a Km 300.39.  What interests me is that the spelling of Itwa is different.  I would assume that is not too uncommon?  On the otherhand, I have far too little experience to assume anything! 
richie
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Re: Muhayyi al-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb Alamgir Rupee
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2008, 10:45:20 AM »
Dear Richie, Well observed. In the 42nd regnal year Of Aurangzeb Alamgir the mint name changed.
Till the AH1110/Ry.42 the mint name is written with a He ending: Itawah
Starting with AH1110/Ry.42 the He has been omitted and the mint name was written as Itawa
Under all the successive Mughal emperors this way of writing the mint name continued.

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Re: Muhayyi al-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb Alamgir Rupee
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2008, 03:28:05 PM »
Very interesting!  I would have guessed at changes in pronunciation due to dialect. Chicago. Chi-Ka-Go to some, I pronounced it Shi-Kar-Go due to my father's Brooklyn influence. The fact that we know when Itawah became Itawa makes the two coins a nice pair.
richie