MUGH-07 Click on image for enlargement.
Indian Coins, Mughal. Nuruddin Jahangir , 1605-1627 AD,
Gold Mohur (10.96 grams; 23 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock.
Obverse: Turbanded bust of Jahangir with radiate head left and resting his left hand on
a Koran, Persian legend on left SHABIH JAHANGIR SHAH AKBAR SHAH
Portrait of Jahangir Shah (son of) Akbar Shah, on right
SANA SHASH JULUS Regnal year 6, within double circles with pellet .
Reverse: A lion to left surmounted by sun. Persian legend under lion, SANA SHASH JULUS
AH year 1020. Struck on wide flan, within double circles with pellet.
The coin is die-identical with the specimens in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (AN33595001). Bode museum, Berlin, Germany. (18248587).
An extraordinary rarity of Indian coinage, seldom found outside museum collections.
Islam prohibits displaying the images or idols of human or animals. As soon as Shah Jahan
came to throne, he imposed a death penalty for the use of these coins as well as those having the zodiacal signs
and ordered that they should be returned to the royal mint and melted. And for this reason, these coins are now
rarely seen in museums or private collections, these coins are extremely rare. It is important to distinguish
the early strucks which were official issues of the Mughal court, from the later imitations, which are private
strike made for purposes of bullion accumulations, or for the deception of collections.
Because of it tremendous popularity, it was extensively imitated, copy and restruck
ever since it was recalled from circulation. If one does not find the die similarity, one should treat
them with caution.
Refer to Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
Because many of these coins had been recalled and melted by Jahangir's successor, Shah Jahan, original strike are very rare. Collector restrikes were
periodically over the following century, and though they are more often encountered than the originals, are relatively rare themselves.
Numismatists have devided the portrait and zodiac series mohurs into four classes:
Class A: undisputed original strikes, characterized by deep relief, somewhat uneven flans, and rounded calligraphy.
Class B: possibly original strikes, but more likely minted in the first decade or two following Jahangir's death.
The relief is shallower, of a more uniform appearance, and the calligraphy is more square.
Class C: mohurs class A or B that have had the zodiac type remove and re-engraved.
Class D: later imitations and forgeries.