Awadh was a Princely State during the British rule in India. This state was governed by the Nawabs/Wazir on behalf of the Mughal Empire between the 18th and 19th Centuries. The origin of Princely State of Awadh can be traced from the ancient Hindu kingdom of Kosala with the Ayodhya as its capital. The reference of Awadh can also be found in medieval times during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. In the British historical text, it is mention as ‘Audh’ or ‘Oudh’. The region is located in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh. The rulers of Awadh traced their origin from Muhammad Amin (Saadat Khan) who attached himself to the court of Muhammad Shah. He was made the subedar of Awadh.
This silver rupee was issued by Nasir-ud-Din Haider of Pricely State Awadh. Nasir-ud-Din Haider was the second king of Awadh, he ruled Awadh from 1827 CE to 1837 CE. He sat on the throne of Awadh after the death of his father Ghazi-ud-din Haidar. The obverse of this coin is inscribed with the name and title of the king. The reverse of this coin depicts 'Crown' flanked by rampant lions holding a flag, two upright fish below.
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