Madurai Sultanate was a short-lived independent Muslim Kingdom based in the city of Madurai in the Indian States of Tamil Nadu. The Sultanate declared its independence in the year 1335 CE with the victory of Jalaluddin Ahsan Khan over Delhi Sultanate. Ashan Khan and his descendants ruled Madurai until 1378 when the last sultanate of Madurai lost the battle against the forces led by Vijaynagar Empire.
This copper Paika which weighs around 3.3g was issued by Nasir Al-Din Damghan Shah in the Hijri year 746. The obverse side of the coin is inscribed as ‘Nasir Al-Dunyawa Al-Din’ within the circle and date 746 written in words in the margin. The reverse side of the coin is inscribed as ‘Al-Sultan Mahmud Damghan Shah Ghazi’.
This rare copper paika was sold for INR 9000 at Classical Numismatic Gallery Auction.
Image Courtesy: Classical Numismatic Gallery