Hyderabad AH1337/8 1/2 ashrafi

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 1628
This specimen was lot 1628 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €800 (about US$1,174 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"INDIA, HYDERABAD, Mir Usman Ali Khan (AD 1911-1948/AH 1329-1368) AV 1/2 ashrafi, AH 1337, year 8. Extremely Fine."
The Indian princely state of Hyderabad was one of the few large enough and wealthy enough to mint an extensive series of gold coins. This type, struck for Mir Usman Ali Khan (AH 1329-1367 or 1911-48 A.D.), is listed for AH1337-1367 and is presumably common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 5.58 g, .910 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-1166; Y-56.2.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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