MUGH-08 Click on image for enlargement.

Indian Coins, Mughal. Nuruddin Jahangir , 1605-1627 AD, Gold Mohur 11.12 g. 21 mm. die-axis 12 o'clock.

Obverse: Turbanded bust of Jahangir with radiate head left and resting his left hand on a book of verse, 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 between.

Reverse: A lion to left surmounted by rising sun. Persian legend under lion, SANA 1020 HIJRI AH year 1020. Within double circles with pellet between.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England, (1225060001).

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

          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.