Gold Mohur of Amar Singh

23 Nov 2018  Fri

Patiala state was established in 1763 by Ala Singh, a Jat Sikh chieftain, after whom Patiala got its name. He laid the foundation of the Patiala fort known as Qila Mubarak, around which the present city of Patiala is built.

Rulers of the state issued coins in the name of Ahmed Shah Durrani, with different symbols for each ruler. A few commemorative issues were made with Sikh legends in the name of Guru Nanak & Guru Gobind Singh similar to the inscriptions on Sikh coins (Gobind shahi legend).

Maharaja Amar Singh ruled the state from 1765 to 1781 AD. During the reign, he issued gold and silver coins from Patiala mint. These coins are found in the denomination of Mohur, Rupee, and Half Rupee.

The above-shown Amar Singh’s gold Mohur of Patiala which weighs around 10.76g was struck in the name of Ahmed Shah Durrani. The obverse of the coin is inscribed with Persian Couplet for Ahmed Shah Durrani. The reverse of the coin depicts ‘Suaad’ within the ‘seen’ of julus and flower mintmark.

Image Source: Classical Numismatic Gallery

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