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Silver Rupee of Bhopal Princely State

09 Oct 2018  Tue

Shah Jahan Begum was recognized as Nawab of Bhopal at the age of six. She succeeded her mother after her death in 1868. She improved the revenue system, increased state intake, increased salaries of soldiers, increased number of officers and improved police force.

Shah Jahan Begum issued only silver and copper coins in her own name. The obverse bears portions of the usual inscriptions ‘Nawab Shah Jahan Begum’. Anno Hijri calendar was followed to inscribe dates. Designs engraved included scimitar, wreath, trident, Persian legends, etc.

This silver Rupee of Sultan Shah Jahan was issued from Bhopal mint in 1275 AH. Value and date in Persian legend inscribed on the obverse of a coin while reverse of a coin is depicted with ‘Fi Zarb Bhopal’.

Image Source: Classical Numismatic Gallery