Awadh was a Princely State during British rule in India; today it is located in Indian States of Uttar Pradesh. Princely State Awadh traces its origin from the ancient Hindu Kingdom of Kosala, with Ayodhya as its capital. During the medieval period Awadh, it was also ruled by Mughals under the leadership of Emperor Akbar.
The Nawabs of this state traced their origin to ‘Muhammad Amin’, a Persian adventurer who served the Mughal Emperor, 'Muhammad Shah’. Muhammad Amin was appointed as the Subahdar of Awadh in 1720 AD. In the later period, Awadh declared its independence due to the decline of the Mughal Empire.
This gold mohur which weighs around 11.62 g, was minted in Allahabad. This gold mohur was issued in the name of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II during the second year of his reign. The obverse of this coin is inscribed with the name and title of Shah Alam II and the reverse of this coin is inscribed with Julus formula, mint name Allahabad and regnal year 2.
This gold mohur is listed for INR 2,25,000 in the upcoming auction of Todywalla which will be held in Mumbai on 20th April 2019.
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