Author Topic: SHAH JAHAN - Ahmadabad AH 1037 RY AHD 11.27 Gm. 22.8 MM - Zeno - 55759  (Read 127 times)

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Offline jaspersaini

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Sharing another beautiful coin, almost full central die strike with the dotted border.

Shihab al-Din Muhammad Shah Jahan, AH1037-1068/AD1628-1658. Rupee, mint: Ahmadabad, date: AH1037/Yr. Ahd (first year)

11.27 Gm. - 22.8 MM

Zeno - 55759

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Another Shah Jahan coin and it gives a different impression. What I note here is the pearl border.

In European cultures, such a border is common, because it had a purpose. It is a safeguard against clipping - taking off a bit of silver from the edge in order to spend your coin and keep part of it too, a criminal but widespread activity. The convention was that if the border was gone, the coin was too light and had to be returned to the mint to be melted.

In India, there was no clipping problem. On thick rupees, a border wouldn't make it onto the coin even when it was freshly struck. Obviously, in large transactions, the coins went by weight. However, that means that the pearl circle is pure decoration.

Where did the idea come from? At the time of Shah Jahan, trade flourished. Foreign coins flowed in. Though they were supposed to go to the Indian mints to be melted, there was demand for foreign coins for jewellery, to the point that Indian jewellers would imitate foreign coins, complete with their edge decoration. The idea of a Western influence on such a very Indian coin shows how trade brings more than wealth. The exchange of ideas benefits both sides.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Thank you very much.