INDIA, Mughal Empire. Jalal al-Din Akbar.
|Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 1687. Estimate $750.
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006.
Sold For $625. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
1556-1605. AV Mohur (10.88 g, 12h). Fatehpur mint. Dated AH 986 (1578/9 AD). Kalima within octafoil / 'Padishah" couplet within octafoil; AH date and mint below. Wright 88; Hull 1218; BMC -; KM 110.1. Good VF. ($750)
Fatehpur – "City of Victory" – was founded by Akbar in 1569, and the opening of its mint in 1578 represented the beginning of Mughal minting beyond the empire's core cities of Agra, Delhi (Shahjahanabad) and Lahore. As the empire expanded, and trade, tribute and military affairs required more and faster disbursement of funds, the roster of mint cities grew dramatically. Even now previously unknown mint cities are discovered on coinage of the Mughals, so the present number, some 210 mints, will probably continue to grow.