INDIA MUGHAL Shahjahan rupee 1056 AH year 19 (1646 AD) Tatta


INDIA, MUGHAL, Shah Jahan, 1628-59, rupee, 1056 AH year 19 (1646 AD), Tatta mint, silver, 19mm, 11.27g, KM224.18, shroff marks, aF

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Shah Jahan I was the third son of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. He came to the throne by way of fratricidal war, which was normal in royal successions in Asia at the time. He waged external and internal wars throughout his reign, while also patronizing art. He was the one who built the Taj Mahal as a memorial to his wife.

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.