Coins of Mughith Al-Din Yuzbak

29 Nov 2017  Wed

Mughit Al-Din Yuzbak had come to Bengal as governor probably in the late 640 AH and declared himself independent in 652 AH.

His first extremely rare issue citing his name alone was struck in Nudiya, about 50 miles north of present-day Calcutta. On these coins, he gives himself the title of “Kunya of Abul Fath” (father of victory). His other issues were struck in the following few years from a mint written as Laknu. It is unclear whether this is Lakhnauti or Laknur. The engraving is certainly excellent. His second issue was struck from the land-tax (Kharaj) of Azmardan and Nudiya.

This Silver Tanka of Mughit al-Din Yuzbak which weighs around 10.75g minted at Lakhauti/Lakhnur is listed at 1,50,000 to 2,00,000 at Classical Numismatic Gallery. The obverse of the coin is inscribed with Arabic legend ‘al-Sultan al Azam Mugheeth al-Dunya wa al-Din Abu al-Muzaffar Yuzbak Sultani’ within an ornamental border. The reverse of the coin is inscribed as ‘Fi Ahd al-Imam al-Muta’asim Amir al-Momineen’, date and mint details in the margin.

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