MUGH-12 Click on image for enlargement.

Indian Coins, Mughal. Nuruddin Jahangir , 1605-1627 AD, Gold Mohur 11.16 g. 20 mm. die-axis 11 o'clock.

Obverse: Large figure of Jahangir with radiate head seated cross-legged head left on Moghul throne, holding a drinking goblet in right hand, left hand on a book of verse on left knee. Persian legend around, right QUZA BAR SIKKA ZAR KARDTASAVIR, left SABIN HAZRAT SHAH JAHANGIR Destiny has drawn the portrait of His Majesty Shah Jahangir on (this) coin of gold, within double circles with pellet between.

Reverse: In center radiate sun within square, surrounded by Persian legend in four compartments, top: HAROOF JAHANGIR WA ALLAH AKBAR , bottom ZA ROZ AZI DAR ADAD AUD BARABAR From the beginning of time the letters of Jahangir, and Allahu Akbar are equal in numerical value, right YAMU'IN SANH 9 , left ZARB AJMIR 1023 AH, AH year 1023, regnal year 9 , within double circles with pellet between.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimens in the collection of the British Museum, London, England, (1349005001). Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, England (HCR7680). Bode museum, Berlin, Germany, (18248588).

          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.