History of Medieval India can be traced by analysing and studying coins of medieval India. Let’s take a look at four interesting examples today that will blow your mind away!
Silver Tanka of Ghiyath Al Din Tughluq:
These amazing coins of medieval India were issued by the founder of Tughluq Dynasty, Ghiyath Al Din Tughluq who ruled Delhi Sultanate from 1320 to 1325 AD. This extremely rare round shaped silver Tanka weighed around 10.8 grams and was struck in 724 AH at Mulk I Tilang Mint. These medieval period coins in India belong to the Ghiyath series and bore beautifully inscribed Arabic legends. The obverse side depicts the text “Ghiyath Al Dunya Wa’l Din Nasir Amir Al Muminin” while the reverse side depicts the text “Al Mutawakkil Ala Allah Muzaffar Tughluq Shah”.
Gold Mohur of Jahangir:
These wonderful medieval coins of India were issued under the Mughal emperor Jahangir who ruled from 1605 AD to 1627 AD. It bore the denomination Mohur and was struck using 10.8 to 11 grams of gold in 1021 AH. The diameter of these stunning medieval rare coins in India ranged from 20 millimetres to 22 millimetres. The date mentioned on the coin follows the Anno Hijri calendar system. They are considered to be extremely rare and were die-struck at Agra mint. Anno Hijri year and Regnal year shown on the coin is different. This particular example of Mughal period medieval coins was struck in the Regnal year 7. The calligraphy found on each coin may also vary. The obverse side depicts the Persian legend “Nur-al-Din Jahangir Shah Shah Akbar”. It has got some intricate designs in the background within four circles which are dotted alternatively. The reverse side shows the Ilahi month, mint name, RY and AH year at bottom. The designs shown in the background is similar to that shown on the obverse.
Copper Shivrai of Shivaji Maharaj:
These extremely rare coins of medieval period in India were issued by the Maratha Emperor Shivaji Maharaj who ruled from 1627 AD to 1680 AD. It bore the denomination Shivrai and was struck on 11 to 12 grams of copper. These beautiful coins in Medieval India featured devnagari Legends on both sides. The obverse side featured the inscription Raja Shiva while the reverse text featured the text Chhatrapati.
Gold Tanka of Yadavas of Devagiri:
Here’s another exciting example of Medieval India Coinage that was issued for Yadavas of Devagiri by Krishna Deva who ruled from 1247 AD to 1261 AD. This round shaped gold tanka was produced using the Punchmark minting technique. The obverse side of these coins of medieval India featured a Lotus, a Sankha, two Kannada characters ‘Sri’ and a Devanagari legend (with a spear-like object) ‘Sri Kanha (ra)’. The reverse side depicts an archer attacking a man with an arrow. A faint Devanagari inscription can also be seen.
Hope you enjoyed exploring these medieval coins of India in detail. It’s very difficult to find these rare coins but you can look for other coins issued by the same rulers.
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