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Mughal. Alamgir II, Mint: Ahmedabad. AH 1170 RY 4.
« on: April 18, 2014, 02:20:40 PM »
Ahmedabad was taken by the Marathas during the last year of Ahmed Shah Bahadur's Reign. It oscilated between the Marathas, Baroda and the British till the British finally took over some time in AH 1230's during the reign of Muhammad Akbar II.

There was a very brief interlude when the Mughal's technically regained possession of Ahmedabad for a little over a year. The Nawab of Khambayat (who at that time) was reportedly an independent identity, took over the possession of Ahmedabad from the Marathas / Baroda for and on behalf of the Mughal Ruler, Alamgir II. The Marathas soon took back the possession of Ahmedabad.

So we have a series of coins of Ahmedabad with the Ankush mark in the Seen of the Julus from the last year of the reign of Ahmed Shah Bahadur and then all of a sudden, we have a break for a short time RY 3 & 4 of Alamgir II when for both RY's we have both, the Ankushi rupee (Maratha) and the Non Ankushi Rupee - of the type shown below. Unfortunately the coin misses the Mint name but is surely an issue of Ahmedabad mint.

Amit
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Re: Mughal. Alamgir II, Mint: Ahmedabad. AH 1170 RY 4.
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2014, 05:35:36 PM »
I think you are suggesting that the Nawab of Khambayat struck Non Ankushi Rupees. It sounds logical to me. You are saying that he ruled in the third and fourth year of Alamgir and that this had not been known before. If so, your work has contributed to historic knowledge of those turbulent times. Congratulations.

What would be interesting is for some official researcher to pick up where your left and make statistics on how many coins can be found of both types with years 3 and 4 and draw some tentative conclusions from that material on when the Nawab of Khambayat arrived and left in Ahmedabad. Surely, ASI must be able to employ a student to do that...

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Re: Mughal. Alamgir II, Mint: Ahmedabad. AH 1170 RY 4.
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2014, 08:03:51 AM »
Dear Peter,
No, I did not try to claim that this is an original research (and I am sorry if my note even remotely suggested this). However, this is not a very well known and that is a fact.

There is a mention in certain texts about this event but matters were confusing since we have the Ankushi rupees for all the years and then for these two years, we have the Non Ankushi rupees...... This has helped to prove the fact that the control over the mint at Ahmedabad for some time had slipped out of the Maratha control.

What is more important to note is that the Nawab of Khambayat was himself independent of the Mughal rule (since mid way through the rule of Muhammad Shah) and he took possession of Ahmedabad in name of the Mughal Ruler (whose governor he was previously) and who was himself not very powerful.

Amit
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Re: Mughal. Alamgir II, Mint: Ahmedabad. AH 1170 RY 4.
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2014, 08:46:49 AM »
To correlate Ankushi & non Ankushi rupee it would be good idea to post the specimen bearing symbol.

Interesting events happened during most of the Mughal rulers regime that makes it  further more interesting area for collection & curiosity always exists as lot of aspects still to be unfold.

Cheers ;D
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Re: Mughal. Alamgir II, Mint: Ahmedabad. AH 1170 RY 4.
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2017, 11:50:00 AM »
To correlate Ankushi & non Ankushi rupee it would be good idea to post the specimen bearing symbol.

Well your wish is granted. Here are both the coins, picked up last month from two different auctions. Apparantly they went un-noticed. Both are of the same RY (RY 4) which proves that the Marathas were back firmly in the saddle in Ahmedabad in the same year.

Amit
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Re: Mughal. Alamgir II, Mint: Ahmedabad. AH 1170 RY 4.
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2017, 01:37:01 AM »
Dear Amitji,

After a long gap I've enjoyed a fantastic post here .
Your post deserve a big  applaud  with a place in ONS JOURNALS.

Cheers ;D
« Last Edit: May 15, 2017, 04:07:01 AM by Coinsforever »
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Re: Mughal. Alamgir II, Mint: Ahmedabad. AH 1170 RY 4.
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2017, 05:18:40 PM »
Thanks. I strive to put together a collection of these coins of a small area which are as yet not much published. While this lot was been noted by some historians and also Mr. Shailen Bhandare, the other coins and the copper coins of this series are difficult to come by.

AMit
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