MUGH-06 Click on image for enlargement.

Indian Coins, Mughal. Nuruddin Jahangir , 1605-1627 AD, Gold 5-Mohur 53.73 g. 35.75 mm. die-axis 3 o'clock.

Obverse: Persian legend; TA HAST NISHAN ZA PUNJ NAU BAT B'JAHAN YEK SIKKA PUNJ MUHRESH BAD RAWAN, showing name of Jahangir wife Nur Jahan (light of the world), regnal year 14, within double dotted-circles with circle between.

Reverse: Pesian legend; AZ SHAN JAHANGIR BUWAD DAUR-E-ZAMAN DAR AGRA ZA NAMAST ZAR NOORAFSHAN, Agra mint AH 1028, within double-dotted circles with circle between. A couple tiny test-cuts on edge, and a tiny edge bump.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England, (140374001).

          An extraordinary rarity of Indian coinage in genuine Mohur of the Mughal Imperial mints, solid gold coin not a filled metal electrotypes / reproductions.

          Nur Jahan, whose name translates as "Light of the World", was the favourite of Jahangir's twenty wives. Celebrated no less for her political acumen than for her beauty, she was the power behind the throne from the time of her marriage until Jahangir's death. Not only did she advise her husband privately on matters of state, but she also held audiences at her palace which Jahangir's ministers attended in person. Jahangir honoured her by having her named on the coinage from AH 1028, when this mohur was struck, until his death in AH 1037. He was succeeded by Shah Jahan, who detested his stepmother and ordered - on pain of death - that coins bearing her name should be recalled and melted, this may account for their great rarity.