Coinage of Kalat Princely State

04 May 2018  Fri

The Princely State of Kalat is located in the central part of the province of Balochistan, today in Pakistan. The state was bounded by the Persia on its west, on the east by the Bolan Pass, the Marrii and Bugti hills, and on the south by Las Bela and the Arabian Sea.

The Khanate of Kalat was founded by Mir Ahmad Khan Qambrani Baloch in 1666 and reached its zenith during the period of Mir Naseer Khan Noori Ahmadzai. Ahmadzai Brahui ruled the state independently until 1839. Later on, it became a self-governing state in a subsidiary alliance with British India. The state acceded to Pakistan on 27th March 1948. It remained the Princely State of Pakistan until 1955 when it was incorporated into the country.

The only coin ever minted in the state was the copper Falus. These coins were struck at Kalat and are found in different shapes like round, irregular and rough cut octagonal. The obverse of the coin is engraved with king’s name, while the reverse of the coin depicts Persian legend ‘Kalat Falus’. Coins represent symbols such as flower and scimitar.

Image Source: Classical Numismatic Gallery

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