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Offline Paulsoumyaj

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Bengal Sultanate - Darb Mint
« on: August 15, 2021, 06:45:04 AM »
Coming across Bengal Sultanate coins from "Dar-al-Darb" / "Dar-ul-Darb" mint. Have also seen "Dar al-Darb Husainabad Mint", "Dar al Darb Fathabad mint" etc. Please can some help me understand if Darb is a mint town, if so where? Again if it is a mint town them why is it prefixed before Husainabad / Fathabad?   

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Re: Bengal Sultanate - Darb Mint
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2021, 04:13:57 PM »
I am not a Bengal specialist, but this is how i understand it:
Dar al-Darb literally means "place of striking". So this designation just means "The Mint" which may have been located in different places, and may also have been used for a camp or travelling mint.
There are some other coins which mention "Khazanah", which is also not a place, but "the Treasury".

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Re: Bengal Sultanate - Darb Mint
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2021, 05:11:29 PM »
Thanks Anthony.

Came across auction house / website selling : "Bengal Sultanate, Ala-ud-din Husain (AH 899-925/1493-1519 AD), Dar-ul-Darb Mint, Silver Tanka" / "Bengal Sultan, Nasir al din Nusrat Shah (AH 925-938, 1519-1531 AD), Silver Tanka, 10.49 gms, 30.47 mm, Dar al-Darb Mint"

This therefore means that the mint town is either not mentioned on these coins or is illegible.

However the description in both cases above does not explicitly mention this fact of absence of mint town.

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Re: Bengal Sultanate - Darb Mint
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2021, 08:47:09 PM »
Based on these short discriptions it indeed seems difficult to pinpoint the exact type and mintplace of the specimen. One would have to read the coins, preferably in hand, to be sure.