Gold Tanka of Nasir al-Din Nusrat Shah

01 Jan 2019  Tue

Nasir Al-Din Nusrat was a Sultan of Bengal Sultanate from 1519 until his assassination in 1531 AD. He continued his father’s expansionist policies after succeeding him.

Nusrat Shah introduced gold and silver coins in octagonal and round shape. His coins are of rich quality as those of his father. The legends are spread over both the sides. There is no religious expression on his coins apart from ‘Khallada Allah Mulkahu’. However, in some coins, only ‘Khallada Mulkahu’ is found. Dates written on his coins are difficult to interpret in many cases.

Represented here is a beautiful gold Tanka issued during his reign. An Arabic legend ‘Nusrat Shah al-Sultan bin Husain Shah al-Sultan al -Husaini Khallada Allah Mulkahu’ depicted on the obverse of a coin. The reverse bore the inscription ‘al-Sultan bin al-Sultan Nasir al-Dunyawa l-Din Abu l-Muzaffar’.

Image Source: Classical Numismatic Gallery

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