Coinage of the last Sultan of Malwa Sultanate

25 Sep 2018  Tue

Baz Bahadur was the last Sultan of Malwa Sultanate, holding the position for almost 6 years, from 1555 to 1561 AD. He succeeded his father, Shuja’at Khan and established his capital at Mandu. On 29th March 1561, Akbar’s army led by Adham Khan and Pir Muhammad Khan attacked Malwa and defeated Baz Bahadur in the battle of Sarangpur.

During the reign he issued beautiful silver and copper coins in square and round shape. Silver coins are found in denomination like Tanka and double Tanka while copper coins are in Falus, Half Falus, and Quarter Falus. Some of these coins represent swastika symbol on its obverse.

The silver Double Tanka depicted above is attributed the reign of Baz Bahadur. This coin showed the Shahada and names of Khalifa-e-Rashidoons on its obverse. The reverse of a coin bore the Arabic legend ‘Sultan Baz Bahadur Shah Khallada Allah Mulkahu Wa Sultanahu’ separated by two lines.

Classical Numismatic Gallery sold this coin for INR 1,50,000. To know more about the coinage of Baz Bahadur click here.

Image Classical Numismatic Gallery

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