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Gold mohur commemorating the father of a Mughal emperor
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The Mughal emperor of India traditionally distributed special presentation coins (nazarana) and coin-like commemorative medals on the anniversary of his accession, or at New Year. The New Year ceremony took place at the beginning of the solar year and was an excuse to show off the wealth of the emperor's treasures. These coins and medals, which were of unusual designs and exceptional size, were not intended for general circulation.

In 1605, the first year of his reign, Jahangir (reigned 1605-27) issued a gold mohur coin bearing a memorial portrait of his father Akbar (reigned 1556-1605). The Arabic inscription beside the fine portrait translates 'God is Great auspicious year I’. The large sun on the reverse is a reference to the Ilahi era introduced by Akbar, which was based on the solar calendar.

Gold mohur commemorating the father of a Mughal emperor


From India, minted 1014 AH/AD 1605
D. 2.3 cm
Wt 10.86 g
Gift of the Art Fund and H. Van den Bergh




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