INDIA MUGHAL Akbar I 1556-1605 quarter dam (?) Ujjain mint


INDIA, MUGHAL, Akbar I, 1556-1605, quarter dam (?), date missing or no date, Ujjain mint, rectangular, copper, 15x12mm, 6.56g, cf., VF

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Akbar I (the Great) was the third Mughal Emperor. He tripled the size of the Empire and promoted economy and culture. He promoted what we call today multiculturalism and thus became popular with his subjects, a rarity in the old days. During his reign India was the richest country in the world.

A descendant of the Mongol Chingis Khan went adventuring in northern India and carved out a kingdom that became the Mughal (Mongol) Empire. The Mughals at their height controlled India from Afghanistan to Burna, from the Himalayas to the southern tip. They ended up as pensioners of the British, sitting in palaces, doing nothing.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.