Hafiz Rahmat Khan of Rohilkhand

26 Mar 2021  Fri

Hafiz Rahmat Khan was a Pashtun by background, served as a regent of Rohillakhand from 1749 CE to 1774 CE. Before serving as a regent of Rohillakhand, he served three Mughal Emperors; Ahmad Shah Bahadur, Alamgir II, and Shah Alam II. He was also appointed as the mentor of Prince Mirza Jawan Bakht.

Rohilkhand is a place situated in the north-western region of India. It is believed that Rohillas has come from the native hills of Shahdarah and had obtained a position of petty officer in the army of the Mughal Empire. Later they also occupied the higher post in the army of the Mughal Empire. This place is named after the Afghan tribe Rohillas, when Ahmed Shah Abdali invaded in the year 1748, Ali Muhammad Khan got control of Kuttahir and changed its name to Rohilkhand.

This silver tanka that weighs around 11.2g was issued by ruler Inayat Khan of Independent Kingdom Rohilkhand. This silver tanka was issued from the mint Itawa in the name of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. It was issued in the Hijri year 1176 during the 3rd year of his reign. The obverse of this silver tanka was is inscribed with the name and title of Shah Alam II. The reverse of this coin is inscribed with the mint name.

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