INDIA, MUGHAL, Jahangir AR zodiac rupee, Leo, AH 1027. RARE!

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Obverse Lion left, representing Leo, radiate sun behind, legend below with RY date 13
Reverse Legend, naming Jahangir, mint Ahmedabad and AH date 1027
Date AH 1027 = 1617-18
Weight 11.14 gm.
Diameter 22 mm.
Die axis 11 o'clock
Reference KM 150.11
The origin of Jahangir's zodiac series is known from his own entry in his memoir Tuzk-e-Jahangiri. Jahangir wrote:
Previously to this, the rule of the coinage was that on the face of the metal they stamped my name, and on the reverse the name of the place and the year of the reign. At this time it entered my mind that in place of the month they should substitute the figure of the constellation which belonged to that each month that was struck, the figure of the constellation was to be on one face, as if the sun was emerging from it.
The zodiac series was issued from several mints (with Agra being the primary), and was minted over three or four years. Each month was represented by an appropriate sign of the Zodiac, recording its particular month of issue.

Because many of these coins had been recalled and melted by Jahangir’s successor, Shah Jahan, original strikes (like this coin) are very rare and are highly sought after.
From my personal collection, and on permanent display on the Jahangir page on the CoinIndia website, where a higher resolution photograph of the coin can be seen.
Ex-Baldwin Sale 26 (September 2001), lot 1264.
Prix SKU: 252.03
US$ 5,500.00
  • € 5,101.80
  • £ 4,377.45
  • AUD 8,175.20
  • CHF 4,957.15
  • CAD 7,327.65

Cotation au: 06/10/23

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