Muhammad Azam Shah was the eldest son of the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. He was born in the year 1653 CE in the city of Burhanpur. He was appointed as ‘Heir-apparent’ in the year 1681 CE to his father. He seized the throne of the Mughal Empire in the year 1707 CE after the death of his father Aurangzeb. But in the same year, he was defeated by his stepbrother Muhammad Mu’azzam in the battle of Jajau, who later sat on the Mughal throne by the title ‘Bahadur Shah I’.
This silver rupee was issued by Azam Shah during the first year of his reign in the Hijri year 1118. On the obverse, the side coin bears the legend as ‘Sikka zad dar jahan ba daulat-wa-jah badshah mumalik Azam Shah, AH 1118’. On the reverse side, the coin bears the legend as ‘julus-e-ashraf, sanah ahad, zarb Ahmednagar’.
This coin is estimated with the listed price of INR 1, 50,000- 2,00,000 in the upcoming auction of the Classical Numismatic Gallery which will be held in Delhi on 19th May 2018.
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