Silver Tanka of Nasir Al-Din Ahmad Shah I of Gujarat Sultanate

01 Mar 2021  Mon

Nasir Al-Din Ahmad Shah I was the ruler of the Muzaffarid Dynasty, he ruled Gujarat Sultanate from 1411 CE until he died in 1442 CE. He is considering as the founder of City Ahmedabad in the year 1411 CE. Nasir Al-Din Ahmad Shah I issued coins in gold, silver, and copper. The Copper coins issued by him can be divided into three series:-

I)Coins without a mint name and a date.
II) Coins with mint name and with the legend with the ruler’s name ‘Laqab’.
III) Coins with mint name and with the legend ‘Al-Sultan Al-Azam’.
One of the earliest known copper coins issued by him is dated AH 813; Apart from this, the other known earliest coin reported is AH 823.

This pedigree silver tanka was issued by him during his rule in Gujarat Sultanate. Pedigree coins are those that mention at least two of the present ruler’s predecessors, i.e. coins include three legends, the name of the ruler, and two more names of his predecessors. The obverse of the coin is inscribed as ‘Al-Sultan Al-Azam Nasir Al-Dunya Wa’l Din Abul Fath’ and the reverse of the coin inscribed as ‘Ahmad Shah Bin Muhammad Shah Bin Muzaffar Shah Khulidat Khilafatahu’ within a square, date written in the margin.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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