Coinage of Ghazi-ud-din Haider

2019-03-15 Fri

Awadh was a Princely State during the British rule in India. The Nawabs of this state traced their origin to ‘Muhammad Amin’, a Persian adventurer who served the Mughal Emperor, 'Muhammad Shah’.

Ghazi-ud-din Haider ruled Awadh from 1819 to 1827 AD. During his reign Awadh was declared as an independent kingdom and he was conferred with the title of King by the East India Company.

He issued gold, silver, and copper coins from Lucknow and Muhammadabad Banaras mint. These coins were issued in the denomination of Mohur, Ashrafi, Rupee, and Falus.

His coins depicted the Crown flanked by rampant lions holding flag, two fish below facing upright, Regnal year, Dar-Ul-Sultanate Lucknow, Julus Mainamat Manus above, Zarb suba-e- Awadh below on its obverse face of coin. The reverse of the coin has Persian legend ‘az fazl rab dhul muneen Ghazi-Ud-din Haider Aali nasb shah zaman zad bar seem wa zar with with full jeem’ and AH date. Image Source: Classical Numismatic Gallery