Hyderabad AH1337/8 1/4 ashrafi

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 1629
This specimen was lot 1629 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €260 (about US$382 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"INDIA, HYDERABAD, Mir Usman Ali Khan (AD 1911-1948/AH 1329-1368) AV 1/4 ashrafi, AH 1337, year 8. Mount trace. Very 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 1918, 1923-24, 1930, 1934-5, 1938, 1941 and 1948. This is the first year of issue.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.79 g, .910 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Y-55; Fr-1167.


  • 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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