Bahawalpur was a Princely State during the British rule in India. Today it is located in the Punjab Provinces of Pakistan. It was ruled by Abbasi family of Nawabs until 1955 CE.
The state of Bahawalpur was established in the late 18th century when Muhammad Bahawal Khan II asserted his independence from the Afghan. The independence was short-lived, however, as the state came under British influence around 1820.
This gold Nazana Ashrafi which weighs around 9.6g was issued by Sadiq Muhammad Khan V. The obverse of this depicts the portrait of Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan in military uniform facing towards left in the centre and the legend Ba-Faziah Taalah Sadiq Mohammad Abbasi Khamis Farman Rawai Mamlakat Khudadad Bahawalpur around. The reverse of this coin depicts ‘Coats Of Arms in the centre, mint name Bahawalpur written above and ‘Yek Ashrafi’ at the bottom.
This gold Nazarana Ashrafi is listed for INR 1,20,000 in the upcoming auction of Classical Numismatic Gallery, which will be held on 11th August 2018.
Image Courtesy: Classical Numismatic Gallery.