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Offline abhinumis

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Akbar dam, mint Manikpur, 987AH
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:36:46 PM »
Hi all,
Posting a very rare coin of  Akbar.. Less than 10 coins are known...
Akbar dam, wt-20.2gms. mint-Manikpur, 987 AH... Almost complete mint name
Dr.Abhishek

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Re: Akbar dam, mint Manikpur, 987AH
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2014, 03:53:49 PM »
What makes it scarce, Abishek? The mint? The date? Can the mint/date combination be tied to a military campaign?

Peter
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Re: Akbar dam, mint Manikpur, 987AH
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2014, 03:59:22 PM »
The mint Peter sir.. Manikpur is a very elusive mint for Akbar coppers and only 987AH date is known from the available 8-9 coins known... 
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Re: Akbar dam, mint Manikpur, 987AH
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2014, 06:25:05 PM »
I tried to find a reason for having what would have been a short-lived mint in Manikpur (now in West Bengal province, India.) There was warfare in Bengal under Akbar personally and his army chief Hussain Quli Beg until 1576 AD. This coin was struck three years after the execution of Daud Khan Karrani, which ended the period of violence.

I was thinking of a field mint. That is obviously not the case. Still, the mint may have been part of the process of pacification and integration of the Bengal area. Akbar may have wanted to circulate his coins to point out that he was the new boss. That doesn't explain why the mint was short-lived, though. My best guess is that it was an emergency mint only, possibly working with the metal of the Karrani coins. When that source was exhausted, the mint was closed. There is some evidence that it was more economical to have mints near copper mines.

Peter
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Re: Akbar dam, mint Manikpur, 987AH
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2014, 07:53:09 PM »
This Manikpur is considered as Karrah-Manikpur near Allahabad in U.P...It used to be a headquarter of a subah in Akbar's time.  The historical context behind such a short issue only for a single date is elusive.. Probably a little more has to be read!
Dr.Abhishek