Coinage of Mir Usman Ali Khan

30 Apr 2018  Mon

Mir Usman Ali Khan was the last Nizam of the Hyderabad and Berar. He ruled between 1911 and 1948 until it was merged with the Indian Union.

Mir Usman Ali Khan issued coins in various metals viz. gold, silver, bronze, nickel and copper-nickel in shapes such as round or irregular and square from Haidarabad (Farkhanda Bunyad) mint. These coins were found in various denominations like Rupee, Ashrafi, Pai, and Annas.

These coins bore the Persian inscriptions in beautiful Tughra calligraphy. The obverse bears the legend ‘Nizam-ul-Mulk Asaf Jah’ with letter (Ain) for Usman with AH date while the reverse has the mint name, julus formula and face value. Later series depicts the Charminar on its obverse.

Image Courtesy: Classical Numismatic Gallery