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guess it is only a guess--that the other three margins bore the names of the other three Khalifas, Abû Bakr, 'Omar, and 'Ali. Until better specimens come to hand, it is impossible to say whether--as on the coins of Shāh Jaban I.-the distinctive virtues of the Khalifas were associated with their names.
Features. The following five features merit special attention since serving to divide the coins of this series into three more or less definitely marked classes.
1. On the obverse the ghain of sile is written either with a
fairly small curve containing no dots, or with a large curve
bearing in its bosom a varying number of dots. 2. On the obverse over the ḥe of the word dan seo a cross of slightly
differing forms may, or may not, be present. 3. On the obverse the re of ot takes an unusual upward flourish, 4. On the obverse over this strange re of gott stands a leaf-like
or arrow-like ornament, thus p. 5. On both the obverse and the reverse over the dal of despite is a
St. Andrew's Cross, also of varying forms.
Having regard to these five features we find that-
(a) have no dots in the curve of the ghain :
Pl. III. 6. 7. 8. 9.
B. Intermediate Coins, dated between the years 1000 and 1027 H.,
(a) bave from 4 to 7 dots in the curve of ghain :
that year perpendicular:
Pl. III. 10. 11. 0. Late Coins, dated between the years 1215 and 1217 H.
(a) have an enlarged curve for grain, and in its bosom 8 or 9
(6) have a cross resembling an inverted tripod op over $450 on
(c) have a still more elongated upward, flourish of the re:
Pl. III. 12.
From the poor specimens to hand of the coins of the latest period it is impossible to say whether the St. Andrew's Cross was present on either the obverse or the reverse.
Mint. The coins themselves supply no clue as to their place of mintage. Mr. Lane-Poole's suggestion that they are of “Gujarat fabric” is doubtless correct, if the sole implication be that these coins were struck somewhere in Gujarāt. We have already seen that their distribution was practically confined within the limits of that province. But when Mr. Lane-Poole further states that “they have all the appearance of the later Kachh coins,''l we should be on our guard against the inference that their original home was Kachh. It is true that the coins of Kachh, and indeed of the neighbouring States of Navānagar and Porbandar in Kāthīāwād as well, continued to bear for three centuries the name of Muzaffar (III), the last Sultān of Gujarāt, and they are in this respect analogous to the coins of Gujarāt fabric, which invariably present the name of Akbar Bādshāh, whether struck in his reign or in Jahāngīr's, or even two centurios later. Also in shape and size and workmanship the coins of Kachh and Kāthiāwād do bear some resemblance to those of Gujarāt fabric. But their weight-and this is perhaps the crucial test-tells decidedly against the supposition that the Gujarāt fabric coins hail from some mint in Kachh or Kāțhiāwāļ. From the year 978 H. right on till recent times the standard coin of Kachh was the silver kori of 73 grains, bearing unchanged throughout that period the date 978. Now it is extremely improbable that any mint would be issuing at one and the same time this kori and also the Gujarāt fabric half-rupees of 85 grains, bearing as their date the varying years of issue. The kori and the rapee being incommensurable, we may safely assume that no mint would have produced both types of coin together. To bave done so would have involved intolerable confusion.
This same objection applies with equal force to the assumption that the Gujarāt fabric coins issued from either Navānagar or Porbandar, for at these mints too koris were struck, all dated 978 H.
According to the Bombay Gazetteer (Vol. VIII, page 465) "a mint was established in Jūnāgadh subsequent to the conquest of the province by the Moghal Government.” But that conquest did not take place till the year 1000 H., and hence we may safely affirm that coins, such as
I Catalogue of Indian Coins in the British Museum : the Mughal Emperors, page LXVIII.
those of the Gujarāt fabric, struck in the name of Akbar as early as 989 H. did not issue from that Mint.
If, however, in our quest for the home of these coins we may turn to the mainland of Gujarāt rather than to the peninsular portion of that province, Sürat may well claim our attention. This city, when conquered by Akbar in 981 H., was a port of the first rank, having subordinate to it the ports of Rānder, Gandevi, and Valsāļ. Rejecting, as we safely may, the strange rupee No. 137 of the Lāhor Museum Coin Catalogue, provisionally assigned by the late Mr. Rodgers to Sūrat, it was not till 1032 H. that the first of the ordinary Mughal coins issued from this mint. The latest I can trace (excluding, of course, the East India Company's Sūrat rupees) is of the year 1197 H. Thus between 1032 and 1197 H. this mint was more or less active in producing coins of the well-known Mughal type. May it not be that prior to 1032 H.and thus from 989 till 1027 H.--the coins of Gujārāt fabric issued from this mint ? In that case they were about 1030 H. merely superseded by the larger and finer Mughal coins, which latter continued in favour till the end of the 12th century. Why the former type of coin-the Gujarāt fabric-was revived in 1215 and continued till 1217, I am at a loss to explain. It is, however, noteworthy that in 1215 H. the English, on assuming the undivided Government of Sūrat, assigned onefifth of the revenues of the city to the brother of the late Nawāb. May it have been he who re-issued the Gujarāt fabric coins ? Also in 1217 H. by the treaty of Bassein the Peshwa ceded his share of Sūrat to the English, who henceforward held sole control over the district. Was it on this account that the issue of these coins from the Sürat mint now ceased ?
Evidently from the description here given of the coins of this series the main questions that still await an answer are three-What do the margins read ? What was the place of mintage ? And why the reissue of 1215-1217 H. ?
GEO. P. TAYLOR.
15. Mr. Framjee Jāmasjee Thānawālā of Bombay has sent for publication the following rare coins of the Mughal Emperors. 1. Jahangir. R. One-eighth of a rupee. Weight, 20 grs.
Mint. Ahmadnagar. Size •4"
نگر the word الله Below
Pl. III. 13.
There can be no hesitation in ascribing this coin to the mint Ahmadnagar, one of the principal towns in the province of Aurangābād. It follows in type the rupees of that Mint published in the Lahore Museum Catalogue No. 35, p. 134. 2. Aurangzeb. R. One-sixteenth of a rupee. Weight 10.5 grs.
Mint. Probably Aurangābād. Size 4"
اورنگزیب of ک Date in
Reverse. Portions of the usual legend ; with the name
of the mint at the top of the coin. Cf. No. 702
figured in the British Museum Catalogue. 3. Aurangzeb. R. A quarter of a rupee. Weight 44 grs. Size 6'
Mint. Bījāpūr dāru-z-zafar.
اورنگ زیب Date. 1112 in the 4 of
4. Kambakhsh. R. Weight 175 grs. Size .9"
Mint. Nurgal or Nūrkal.
This mint has been known for some years, but has not been published. Its issues are so far confined to the reigns of Aurangzeb and his son Kāmbakhsh and Farrukhsiyar. Of Aurangzeb three coins are known-one in the cabinet of Dr. Taylor, two in my own.
The present coin is the only one found of Kambakhsh of this mintage, and Dr. Taylor has an unique specimen of the reign of Farrukhsiyar. To Dr. Taylor is due the identification of the mint with " Nurgal," apparently also
called “ Nürkal," the chief town of a sarkār of that name in the province
در افاق زد سکه چون مهروماه ابوالفتح غازي جهاندار شاه
in three lines—the Hijri year to the right of the cen-
سنه احد جلوس
Pl. III. 15.
This is quite a new Mughal mint name and its locality is
still unsettled. It must probably be sought for in the
Mint. Fatḥābåd Dhārūr.