Sultan of Kashmir Zain Al Abidin

07 Apr 2018  Sat

Zain Al Abidin (AH 823-874; AD 1420-1470) was a Sultan of Kashmir. His real name was Shahi Khan. After the death of Sikandar Shah I in the year 1413 AD, his eldest son Ali Shah succeeded him. In 1420, Ali Shah was defeated in the battle by his brother Shahi Khan. Shahi Khan took the throne under the title Zain Al Abidin.

Zain Al Abidin issued coins in gold, silver and copper. Gold coins issued by him are extremely rare. He issued a large number of silver sasnu and copper kaserah. All the silver sasnu issued by him were struck with a fixed date 842 till the end of his reign. His silver sasnus were struck with an irregular period.

This copper Kaserah was issued by him from the Kashmir mint. The weight of this coin is around 6.6g.

Image Courtesy: Classical Numismatic Gallery

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