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Indian Coins, Mughal. Nuruddin Jahangir , 1605-1627 AD, Gold Mohur (10.94 grams; 21.5 mm.), die-axis 12 o'clock.

Obverse: Turbanded bust of Jahangir with radiate head left, holding a drinking goblet in right hand in front of nose 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 pellet circles.

Reverse: A lion to right surmounted by sun, Persian legend under, SANA 1020 HIGRI AH year 1020, within double circles with pellet between.

          Probably the finest specimen known of this attractive.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the British Museum, London, England. (AN1612938610)

          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.

          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.