Copper Falus of Ahmadnagar Sultanate Murtada Nizam Shah I

23 Apr 2019  Tue

Murtada Nizam Shah I was the Sultan of Ahmadnagar Sultanate, he ruled Ahmadnagar from 1565 CE till 1588 CE. He was the eldest son of Hussain Nizam Shah I. He sat on the throne of Ahmadnagar Sultanate after the death of his father in the year 1565 CE. During the first six years of his reign, the affairs of his kingdom were under the control of his mother Khunza Humayun. But, due to her continuous military failure against their neighbour Nizam Shahi made Murtarda to take administration under his own hands. After taking administration under his own hands restore the situation and recovered Udgir from Bijapur. In the year 1574 annexed Berar to Ahmadnagar. Later the year 1588 he was killed and was succeeded by his son Hussain Nizam Shah.

Murtada Nizam Shah I was the first ruler to issue coins in his own name, known dated from AH 989 to 996. He issued coins in gold, silver, and copper. Gold coins issued by him are extremely rare, and the copper coins issued by him are very common. His copper coins bear the mint name ‘Nagar’ which stands for ‘Ahmadnagar’. The gold coin issued by him in the year 993 with not fully read legend on the obverse and the Shi'a shahada on the reverse.

This copper falus was issued by Murtada Nizam Shah I from the mint ‘Nagar’. The weight of this coin is around 16.58g.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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