This beautiful gold tanka was issued by Ala-Al-din Mahmud Shah I of Malwa Sultanate. Malwa Sultanate was one of the late medieval independent Sultanates. It was founded by Dilawar Khan Ghori, the governor of the Delhi Sultanate; who asserted his independence in 1392 but did not actually assume the ensigns of royalty until 1401.
Ala-Al-Din Mahmud Shah I ruled the Malwa Sultanate from 1436 CE till 1469 CE. He came to the throne after the death of his father Muhammad I.
Ala-Al Din Mahmud Shah I issued coins in three metals gold, silver and billon. One of the most amazing thing about his coinage is he issued gold 5 tanka which weighs around 55.4g, he must have struck this coin for a special occasion. Most of his coins were minted in ‘Hadrat Shadiabad’.
This gold Tanka issued by him minted in Hadrat Shadiabad weighs around 10.9g. The obverse of this coin is inscribed as ‘Al Sultan Al-Azam Ala Dunya Wal Din Khalji Abul Muzaffar Mahmud Shah Khallada Allah Khilafatahu’. The reverse of the coin is inscribed as ‘Sikandar Al Thani Yamin Al Khilafa Nasir Amir Al muminin’ this gold tanka issued by him is listed for INR 50,000 in an upcoming auction of Oswal Auction house 15th December 2018.
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