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Offline Rabi_R

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Shah Jahan, AR 1/2 Rupee
« on: December 27, 2018, 03:26:00 PM »
Shah Jahan ( 1628 - 1658 AD), AR 1/2 Rupee, Surat mint.


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Re: Shah Jahan, AR 1/2 Rupee
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2019, 04:09:29 PM »
This coin connects us, Rabi. My ancestors, on their way to Japan and what is now Indonesia, would stop in Surat for trading with your ancestors. Surat had been appointed the port for foreigners. It had a fierce customs service that was well aware of the body openings that contraband could be hidden in :P

One of the Mughal regulations was that all foreign silver coins had to be offered for melting and re-coining at the Surat mint. That made this mint one of the busiest in India. So your coin is undoubtedly Indian, but the metal could well have come from Europe.

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

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Re: Shah Jahan, AR 1/2 Rupee
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2019, 05:42:41 PM »
That's really interesting but given the fact professions in India were attached with castes once upon a time, my ancestors were in all probability, not traders  >:D. During that time, they were, perhaps, writing manuscripts somewhere in the eastern subah of Bengal.