Copper Dam of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam Bahadur

04 Jan 2021  Mon

Shah Alam Bahadur was the seventh ruler of Mugal Emperor. He was the third son of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and Nawab Bai. The full name of Shah Alam Bahadur was ‘Abul-nasr Sayyid Qutb-ud-din Muhammad Shah Alam Bahadur Shah Badshah'. He is the only Mughal Emperor with the title of Sayyid. This title was primarily used by the descendants of Prophet Mohammad.

In the year 1663, Shah Alam Bahadur was made as a governor of Deccan province. He had made several attempts to kill his father Aurangzeb to grab the throne of Mughal Empire, but failed each time. After the death of Aurangzeb, his brother Muhammad Kam Bakhsh declared himself as the ruler of Delhi, but after defeating his brother in the Battle of Jajau; he ascended the Mughal throne in the year 1707 AD with the title Bahadur Shah I.

This copper dam that weighs around 13.60g was issued by Shah Alam Bahadur during his rule in Mughal Empire. The obverse of this coin is inscribed with the name and title of Shah Alam Bahadur. The reverse of this coin inscribed with the mint name with mint epithet Dar uz-Zafar Bijapur.

Image Courtesy: Classical Numismatic Gallery

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