Shams Al-Din Muzaffar of Bengal Sultanate

2019-05-02 Thu

Shams al-Din Muzaffar Shah was a sultan of the Bengal Sultanate from 1490 to 1493 AD. He is described by the Indo-Persian historians as a tyrant, whose cruelty alienated the nobles as well as his common subjects. He was killed in 1494 by the rebels led by his wazir Sayyid Husain, who succeeded him as Alauddin Husain Shah.

During the reign, he issued gold and silver coins in the denomination of Tanka. These coins were struck at various mints such as Barbakabad, Fathabad, Khairabad, Khazana, and Muhammadabad.

Depicted here is a gold Tanka issued in his reign from Khazana mint. The obverse of a coin has Kalma within scalloped circle and name of the four Khalifa-e-Rashidun in the margin. The reverse of a coin depicted the legend ‘Shams Al-Dunya Wa 'L Din Abu 'L Nasir Muzaffar Shah Al-Sultan Khallada Allah Mulkahu Wa Saltanahu’.

Image Source: Todywalla Auctions