MUGH-13 Click on image for enlargement.

Indian Coins, Mughal. Nuruddin Jahangir , 1605-1627 AD, Gold Quarter-Mohur 2.82 g. 11 mm. die-axis 12 o'clock.

Obverse: Small figure of Jahangir seated cross-legged with radiate head left on Moghul throne, holding a drinking goblet in right hand, left hand holding a book of verse, within double circles with pellet between.

Reverse: Persian legend with ornamented eightfoil, NUR-AL-DIN JAHANGIR SHAH AKBAR SHAH, AH year 1021, regnal year 7, in ornamented eightfoil within double circles with pellet between.

          The coin is die-identical with the specimen in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

          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.