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Offline Rangnath

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Shah Jahan Rupee, Multan mint, AH 1040/Ry 3, KM#227.8
« on: October 04, 2007, 09:39:48 PM »
Having a coin of Shah Jahan, 1627 to 1658, is quite a thrill but having THIS one is incredible.  His reign is consiidered the golden age of the Mughal empire. After all, he had the Taj Mahal (How can something so heavy appear to be so light?) built as a tomb for his deeply beloved wife Mumtaz and his Peacock throne, also a wonder of the world but now no more, has been estimated to have a value of more than a billion dollars if it were somehow on the market today.  Of all the Mughal coins, I think those of Shah Jahan are, generally speaking, the most beautiful in terms of design and calligrahpy.  This gorgeous rupee was struck close to perfectly.

It is 11.4 grams and 21 mm in diameter. I'm not sure of the catalog number; km 227?

richie
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Re: Shah Jahan Rupee
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2007, 11:02:23 PM »
This one is truly a gem!!

Waaaw, what a magnificent coin!! :o :o

bart

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Re: Shah Jahan Rupee
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2007, 02:55:30 AM »
A coin worthy of a mighty emperor. I think KM 227 is a relatively safe bet. I believe I can read 1039 on the left pic and 3 high on the second line of the right pic and I think the fourth line on the right pic reads Multan, making this KM 227.8. This means that the first three lines of the right pic (on the left is the Kalima) should be "Shah Jahan Shihab-ud-din Muhammad. I wish I could say I actually read that, but I can't.

However, my knowledge of these coins is far overshadowed by that of Oesho, so write this down in pencil only.

Peter
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Re: Shah Jahan Rupee
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2007, 09:06:55 PM »
Dear Peter,
Your right, the mint is Multan. The date however is AH 1040, Ry. 3. Ref.: KM#227.8.
In circle on obverse the Kalima with the names and titles of the four early Caliphs around.
The reverse reads (from bottom up) Zarb Multan / Sahib Qiran Sani, Shahib / ud-Din Muhammad Shah Jahan / Sanah 3 / Bad Shah Ghazi.
Sahib Qiran was the title of Timur. As the Mughals are descended from the Timurids, Shah Jahan called himself the second (Sani) Sahib Qiran (Lord of the Universe).

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Re: Shah Jahan Rupee
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 10:57:07 AM »
I love to learn, Oesho and I am encouraged to see I had a good deal right. Thanks very much indeed!

Peter
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Re: Shah Jahan Rupee
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007, 04:56:27 PM »
It has been my good fortune to hold this splendid coin and to receive such a thorough explanation of its contents.  Thank you Peter and Oesho!
richie