Silver Tanka of Bhamani Sultanate

06 Jun 2018  Wed

Bahamani kingdom was a Muslim state of the Deccan in South India during the medieval era of Indian history. The Kingdom was founded by Ala Al-Din Hassan Bahman Shah, revolting successfully against the Sultan of Delhi, Muhammad Bin Tughluq. The capital of Bahmani Kingdom was Gulbarga from 1347 to 1425and later it was moved to Bidar in 1425 AD.

Shams Al-Din Daud Shah II was a Sultan of Bahmanid Empire for a very period. He sat on the throne at a very young age in the year 1397 CE. He was attacked by two members of his family Firoz and Ahmad. They both blinded him and imprisoned him for the rest of his life. Later Firoz took over as Sultan and Ahmad as Prime minister.

Shams Al-Din Daud Shah II issued coins in silver and copper. In silver, he issued Tanka from the mint Hadrat Ahsanabad which weighs around 10.8g. In copper, he issued denomination like Falus which weighs around 4.4-4.5g.

This silver rupee was issued by Shams Al Din Daud Shah II in Hijri year 799, from the mint Hadrat Ahsanabad weighs around 10.8g. The obverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘Al-Mustawathiq Billah Al-Hannan Abul Muzaffar Shams Al-Dunya Wa’l Din’. The reverse of the coin is inscribed as ‘Daud Shah Al-Sultan Bin Al-Sultan’.

This extremely rare coin was sold for INR 70,000 at Todywalla Auction held in Mumbai on 16th September 2017.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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