Ghiyath Shah's Gold Tanka

03 Nov 2018  Sat

This Gold Tanka issued by Ghiyath Shah of Malwa Sultanate was sold for INR 51,000 at Todywalla Auction held in Chennai on 6th October 2018. Malwa Sultanate was late medieval independent Sultanate of Turkish origin in the Malwa region.

Ghiyath Shah ruled Malwa Sultan from 1469 CE to 1500 CE. He was the eldest son of Mahmud and had also served his father as a military leader.

He issued coins in gold, silver, and copper. During the beginning of his reign he issued coins in a circular shape, but during the latter period, he issued coins in a square shape. Coins which he had issued in a circular shape are scarcer than square ones.

The obverse of these coins is inscribed as ‘Al Wathiq Bi'l Malik Al Multaji Abu'l Fath Ghiyath Shah’. The reverse of the coin is inscribed as ‘Bin Mahmudshah Al Khalji Al Sultan Khallada Mulkahu’.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction