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Lot # 137 - Gold Mohur Coin of Tipu Sultan of Patan Mint of Mysore Kingdom.
Gold Mohur Coin of Tipu Sultan of Patan Mint of Mysore Kingdom.
Gold Mohur Coin of Tipu Sultan of Patan Mint of Mysore Kingdom. Gold Mohur Coin of Tipu Sultan of Patan Mint of Mysore Kingdom.
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Quick Description
DenominationMohur 1MintPatan (Seringa Patan)
MetalGoldYear (AH/VS/SE/AM)AH 1197
RY (Ruling Year)Ahad
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Mysore Kingdom, Tipu Sultan, Patan (Seringpatan) Mint, Gold Mohur (Sultani Mohur), AH 1197/Ahad Ry, 1st Issue, Hijri Era, Rosette variety, Obv: deen-e-ahmad dar jahan roshan ze fatah haidari ast, zarb Patan, saal zaki, sana 1197 hijri, Farsi initial letter 'HE' in second line, within a dotted circle, Rev: huwas sultan-ul-waheed al adil, suwem bahari, saal zaki and sana ahad julus within a dotted circle, 10.89g, 25.61mm, (Unlisted in major reference), choice extremely fine+, Unique.

Tipu Sultan ascended the throne on 29th December 1782. Sultan adopted two types of nomenclature for the twelve months of the year. The first, in which the names follow the "Abjad" system was in use during the first four years of the reign and coins were struck with Hijri or AH date pattern. While the second which follows the "Abtath" system came into force in the fifth regnal year, along with the Mauludi system of dating the coins. 
 

Tipu Sultan favoured Persian culture and promoted the use of Persian inscriptions on his coinage. This meant rendering the traditional gold coinage obsolete, in favour of broader flan coins with Persian legends. Tipu Sultan's innovation is seen on his coins, which show greater variety. Many of the gold and silver coins afford testimony to the decorative value of Arabic script. 
 

This specimen has an average weight of 10.89g, it is equivalent to the standard weight of the Indian mohur which were struck during the first four years of his reign, bearing the hijri date 1197 and regnal year in Persian Ahad. From his 5th regnal year onwards he replaces the gold mohur (sultani mohur) by increasing 25% of its weight and making it 4 Pagodas (Ahmadi) equivalent to the four-times weight of South Indian Pagoda weight standard.

Highest Rarity of Tipu Sultan's Gold Coinage!