Maker(s)
Patron: Issued by Akbar (reigned 1556-1605)
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Emperor Akbar, 1563
Medium
Gold
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.7 x 2.7 x 0.1 cm (1 1/16 x 1 1/16 x 1/16 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
The Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1999.20
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Exchange Media, Metalwork
Type

Coin

Keywords
India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, striking, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

With the Arabic language forming a common bond among Islamic cultures, Arabic script became the principal element on gold coins like these, which represented the authority of the Islamic dynasties. Upon ascending to the throne, each ruler affirmed his new power and status by having a coin struck in his name. In addition to the king's name, these coins also carry the profession of faith: "There is no God but God and Muhammad is the Prophet of God."

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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