Mughal Empire AH1023/9 mohur Fr-760

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from Stephen Album sale 32, lot 1866
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This specimen was lot 1866 in Stephen Album sale 32 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2018), where it sold for $258,500. The catalog description[1] noted,
"MUGHAL: Jahangir, 1605-1628, AV portrait mohur, Ajmer (Ajmir), AH1023 year 9, KM-197.6, magnificent design and calligraphy, same dies as #319 of the British Museum (published by Lane-Poole in 1892), and far superior to another example from the same dies, but only good fine condition, that sold in the Triton Auction XIX, Lot 2398, for $350,000., NGC graded AU55.

The so-called "bacchanalian" mohur portrays, on the obverse, Jahangir seated cross-legged on the throne, nimbate, holding up a wine cup, boldly proclaiming his love of wine and other alcoholic beverages. The reverse center bears the radiant sun, said to represent the month of his birth, with the date & mint to the left, his regnal year to the right. The Persian couplet, engraved in the most elegant Persian calligraphy, is divided between obverse & reverse, which was translated by Stanley Lane-Poole as "Destiny has drawn on money of gold / The portrait of his Majesty Sháh Jahángír / The letters of Jahángír and Alláhu Akbar / Are equal in value from the beginning of time". The abjad value of both Jahángír and Alláhu Akbar each equal 292."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 10.8-10.9 g, gold, this specimen 10.82 g.

Catalog reference: KM 179.6, Fr-760.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 32, featuring the Don Erickson Collection of German Coins, Part II and the Hazerfans Collection of Ottoman Empire Coins, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.

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