Azam Shah was the eldest son of sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. He was also appointed as the heir apparent to his father in the year 1681 CE. He sat on the Mughal throne after the death of Aurangzeb in the year 1707 CE.
Azam Shah ruled the Mughal Empire for a very small period of time; hence the coins issued by him are rare. He has also served as Viceroy of Berar Subah, Malwa, Bengal, Gujarat, and Deccan; and he had played an active role in this area. His coinage ended with the Battle of Jajau, were his was killed by his stepbrother Muzzam in the year 1707 AD.
All the coins issued by Azam Shah are rare. This rupee minted at Surat is listed at an estimated price of INR 65,000-70,000 in the upcoming auction of Todywalla which will be held in Mumbai on 20th April 2018. This coin was issued by him during the first year of his reign in the Hijri Year 1119. The obverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘Sikka zad dar jahan ba daulat-wa-jah badshah mumalik azam shah with AH 1119’. The reverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘julus-e-ashraf, sanah ahad, zarb surat’.
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