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Offline mitresh

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Akbar: Rupee, Berar, Bird below mint name, KM 93.6
« on: October 20, 2015, 12:01:50 PM »
Akbar, Silver Rupee, Berar, Mihr 4x, bird below Mint name, KM 93.6



Bird on Rev highlighted as per attached below........
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Re: Akbar: Rupee, Berar, Bird below mint name, KM 93.6
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2015, 02:03:14 PM »
Good fun, Mitresh. It helps that the coin is beautiful even without bird. I get the itch to colour it again. Those subtle flowers remind me of the Taj Mahal...

Peter
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Re: Akbar: Rupee, Berar, Bird below mint name, KM 93.6
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2015, 04:28:48 PM »
Superb ! your pictures are a delight to the eyes... :perfect:
 birds and generally speaking, animals are rarely seen as ornaments on mughal coins

here a bird on a "year 22" rupee of IPS Jaisalmer
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Re: Akbar: Rupee, Berar, Bird below mint name, KM 93.6
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2015, 04:47:57 PM »
Thanks Peter & Bernard.

Peter - the Mughal coins interspersed with decorative elements such as flowers, vine-leaves, stalks, sun-burst etc make the coins that more interesting and visually appealing.

Bernard - that's a nice IPS coin with bird motif. I have a couple of the same type and will post soon.
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Re: Akbar: Rupee, Berar, Bird below mint name, KM 93.6
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2015, 09:20:13 AM »
The bird on the Berar rupee is probably a pigeon...

"In the Āʼīn-i Akbarī (‘Akbar’s regulations’), Abu’l-Fazl devotes a whole section (Book 2, Āʼīn 29) to amusements which include pigeon-flying (ʻishqbāzī), breeding and the different colours of the royal pigeons. Altogether there were estimated to be more than 20,000 pigeons at Akbar’s court, but only 500 were select (khāṣṣah). When the emperor moved camp, the pigeons were taken as well, with bearers carring their portable dovecotes. Pigeons were trained to do quite complicated manoevres: the wheel (charkh) “a lusty movement ending with the pigeon throwing itself over in a full circle” and turning somersaults (bāzī). A select pigeon could perform 15 charkhs and 70 bazis in one session. Although ordinary people were amused by pigeon flying, His Majesty, Abu’l-Fazl writes, “uses the occupation as a way of reducing unsettled, worldly-minded men to obedience, and avails himself of it as a means productive of harmony and friendship.
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