Sikandar al-Din Ilyas Shah’s gold Tanka of al-Balad Firuzabad mint

01 Jan 2019  Tue

One of the most prominent Sultans of Bengal Sultanate, Sikandar Bin Ilyas Shah ruled the Ilyas Shahi dynasty from 1357 to 1389 AD. He became a second Sultan to rule the Bengal Sultanate after overthrowing his father Sultan Sham-al-Din Ilyas Shah.

Sikandar Shah issued beautiful gold and silver coins during the reign in the denomination of Tanka and in their different fractions. Some of the mints are Baldat al-Mahrusah Firuzabad, Iqlim Mu'azzamabad, Hazrat Jalal Sunargaon, Khitta Satgaon, and Shahr-i-Nau etc.

One of his gold Tanka is listed at INR 80,000 to 1,00,000 at Classical Numismatic Gallery. The obverse of a coin showed the Arabic legend ‘al-Sultan al-'Adil Shams al-Dunya wa al-Din Abu al-Muzaffar Ilyas Shah al –Sultan’. The reverse inscribed with the legend ‘Sikandar al-Thani Yameen al-Khilafah Amir al-Mumineen’ in the circle; mint and date in the margin.

Image Source: Classical Numismatic Gallery

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