COIN OF EMPEROR JEHANGIR (1605-1628)
Mughal coinage occupies a unique position in Indian numismatics. The wealth of the Mughals reached its zenith during the reign of Akbar in the 16th Century CE. Mughal emperors are known for their fanciful experiments in
coinage as well as in other aspects of life. Mughal coins are recognized for their artistic execution and also for their calligraphic excellence.
Jehangir introduced many innovations in the coinage of the time. Between the 6th and the 9th year of his reign, he issued coins bearing his own portrait. These were presented to Amirs and Umraos and specially-favoured followers.
Beautiful portrait mohurs were minted with the bust of the emperor, holding the Quran, a fruit or a cup. This coin shows the bust of Jahangir. He is holding a wine cup. There is a halo surrounding him. On the reverse, a Lion is set against a background of the rising sun. It was during the reign of Jahangir, that numismatic art achieved its zenith both artistically and in value.
He also issued zodiacal coins in the 13th year of his reign. This is often described as the most elegant coinage of the Mughal Empire.
17th century CE
2.1 cms, Weight: 11.18