Gold Mohur of Afghan Ruler Ahmed Shah Durrani

14 Jan 2021  Thu

Famously known for the Third Battle of Panipat, Ahmed Shah Durrani aka Abdali was the founder of the Durrani Empire and is regarded as the founder of the modern state of Afghanistan. Soon after accession, Ahmad Shah adopted the epithet Sh?h Durr-i-Durr?n, "King, Pearl of Pearls," and changed the name of his Abdali tribe to "Durrani" after himself.

He struck coins at mints situated in every part of his kingdom. The coins themselves were modelled on those of the Safavid and Mughal dynasties; the mint name is written on the reverse, often with a descriptive epithet, and a rhyming couplet appearing in Nastaliq script on the obverse. Ahmad's standard couplet is found on all his issues in this collection.

The above coin is a Gold Mohur issued by the Ahmad Shah from Multan Mint. The obverse features the name of Ahmad Shah within ornate polylobe with titles around, while the reverse depicts the Mint formula and RY date within ornate polylobe.

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