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Coins of Akbar

Updated on August 10, 2011

There were many different variety of coins issued during the Mughal period. King Akbar reformed the Mughal coins and currency into one of the best known coins of its time. Akbar issued gold, silver as well as copper coins. His coins were similar to those of the Sher Shah Suri’s coinage and it adapted their weight, fabric and the Islamic motifs. The gold coins which were issued during Akbar’s reign were commonly known as Gold Mohurs. Copper coins were known as “dam” and forty such “dams” was equal to one rupee in value. Nine such rupees were equal to one gold mohur. Later on in 988 A.H. the heavy weight coins became rare and light weight coins were given more importance. It is only after this period that the fractional coins came into existence. Though there were quite a variety of fractions introduced, but they are rare to be found now.

Akbar’s coins were mostly round in shape. However, in between the year 993 to 998 A.H., square shaped gold and silver coins were issued. Hence, both square and round shaped coins came into existence. In 998 A.H. the square shaped coins were abandoned and after this period only round shaped coins were minted. To commemorate some event, Akbar had issued a few commemorative gold coins in hexagonal shape. However, these coins are extremely rare to be found now.

Hence, Akbar’s coins were a real beauty and to own one for your self is a great achievement in itself.

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      2 years ago

      excellent exposition & knowledge.

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      Arif husain 

      7 years ago

      I like History, history is my life,i like historical monument,(hawa mahal),historical places(mohan jodaro)

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      7 years ago

      sir i have the same coin and searching for buyers

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      daniel detects 

      7 years ago

      Hello I have a hexagon shaped gold coin about the size of a 20 piece! Ne idea wot it could b?

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      8 years ago from India

      Nice Hub, i have gone through the same in some text books, and its great to see the same in here too. Thanks for sharing this great article.

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      8 years ago from Spain

      Brilliant! Numismatics is my passion. Great hub - thank you very much! Voted up and awesome!


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