Junagadh is a city situated in the western Indian states of Gujarat. It was a Princely State which was ruled by the Muslim Babi or Babai dynasty during the time of the British rule in India. Muhammad Sher Khan Babi was the founder of Babi Dynasty.
The Junagadh State became a Mughal dependency during the rule of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Later, when the Mughal Empire started to collapse Babis got involved in a conflict with the Gaekwad dynasty of Maratha Confederacy over the control of Gujarat.
Muhammad Sher Khan Babi expelled the Mughal Governor and declared his Independence. From that time his descendants ruled the state of Junagadh as Nawabs. In the year 1947, the Nawab of Junagadh tried to amalgamate with the new nation of Pakistan, but the Hindu majority of the state objected and the Princely State of Junagadh merged with the Republic of India.
This Copper Dokodo was issued by Muhabat Khan III of Junagadh. The obverse of the coin has sword surrounded by a floral design in the inner circle, King's name ‘Nawab Mahabat Khanji’. The reverse of the coin is inscribed as ‘Vikram Samvat date 1935, Jhar below in the inner circle, Mint name Junagadh and value Dokodo’ written in Devanagari around.
This copper Dokodo was sold for INR 24,000 at Todywalla Auction.
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