In the year 1316 CE, after the death of Ala Al-Din Muhammad Khilji his son Qutb Al-Din Mubarak Shah sat on the throne of Delhi. After sitting on the throne of Delhi, Qutb-Al-Din Mubarak faced rebellions from Yadava and Kakatiya vessel. To quell these Qutb Al-Din Mubarak launched a campaign and moved to Deogir in the Deccan which he renamed as ‘Qutabad’. While pursuing a campaign against his rebels a plot was hatched by one an old countier Azzad Khan to kill him. After killing Qutb-Al-Din Mubrak shah Azzad Khan placed Shams Al-Din Mahmud on the throne of Delhi.
br> Shams Al-Din Mahmud ruled Delhi for a very short period, in his short period he issued coins in gold and billon. Gold tanka issued by him bears the name of the mint Qila Deogir. Billon coins issued by him are of two types; six gani and two gani. The legend written on the six gani is on a plain surface; whereas legend on two gani has the name of the Sultan Mahmud Shah in the center circle; with the name of sultan written in ‘Devnagari’ in the margin.
This gold pagoda was issued by him weighs around 3.83g. The obverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘Shams Ud Din Wa Al-Din’ and The reverse of the coin is inscribed as ‘As Sultan Mahmud Shah. This gold pagoda is listed for INR2,50,000 in the upcoming auction of Oswal which will be held in Mumbai on 19th October 2019.
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