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Offline gokhale

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Help to attribute mughal silver coin
« on: March 13, 2021, 03:12:00 PM »
Mass- 9.25 gm
Size:- 19 mm

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Re: Help to attribute mughal silver coin
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2021, 01:10:43 AM »
Maratha, Poona mint rupee (ankus mintmark). Weight is a little off, it should be 11+ grams. 9.25 is a bit too light. Perhaps a forgery? I can see a bunch of coppery spots peeking out where the silver has worn off. Take a closer look.
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Re: Help to attribute mughal silver coin
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2021, 04:25:49 AM »
Clearly not an official issue.

The fair quantities that such coins turn up in leads to a question - Were these meant to deceive, at a time when, if caught, you would be given death? Our ex-member has been saying that it is more likely to have been issued in later times as wedding money - to be used as gifts or for use as embellishments / Jewellery.  I have gradually started accepting what Arthur says - as I have in my own collection almost 20 odd such 'coins' from various times.

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Re: Help to attribute mughal silver coin
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2021, 06:30:36 AM »
Thank you sirs.

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Re: Help to attribute mughal silver coin
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2021, 11:51:22 AM »
William Wilfred Webb (no he didn't invent the internet) writes in 1893,

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The multiplicity of badly executed coins facilitates the work of the coiner.  As the coins of the Native States are very badly struck, it is a comparatively easy matter to counterfeit them, hence the amount of base coin in circulation is considerable

I'm sure I've read about rupees being given at marriages too in his book (Kuchaman Rupees?), but I will have to read it again to find it.  (It's an excellent little book by the way, for the insights it gives to the times)
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Re: Help to attribute mughal silver coin
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2021, 10:08:42 PM »
The above mentioned book is now available on the WOC bookshelf thanks to Peter.
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/upload/Webb,%20Currencies%20of%20Rajputana.pdf

The quote regarding wedding coins is on page 52 (page 91 of the scan)

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As the Rupee is is of less value than the Bijy Shahi coins, the amount of gift is magnified by a ¼ when speaking of the number of Rupees being presented or spent, it was for this reason that the recommendation for a continuation of the mint at Kuchawan was made
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