Expert 'Discovers Rare Kashmiri Gold Coin'


"The coin, or mohur, is believed to date from around 1625. . ."

A pure gold coin bearing the zodiac sign of Cancer that was purportedly struck at the Kashmir mint of Mughal emperor Nuruddin Salim Jahangir has been tracked down by a British expert in ancient coins, according to reports.

Kashmir Watch said NG Rhodes described the find in the Numismatic Chronicle, which is published annually by the Royal Numismatic Society.

The coin, or mohur, is believed to date from around 1625, the 20th year of Jahangir's rule.

It was discovered in a British coin collection, the site said.

In his article, Mr. Rhodes said gold coins dating from the emperor's rule that were struck at mints other than Ahmedabad and Agra are extremely rare.

"It gives me great pleasure to find here a gold mohur with the sign of Cancer struck at the Kashmir mint, with the name of Queen Nurjahan," he added.

The British Museum currently displays a gold mohur depicting the Capricorn sign of the zodiac struck in Agra in 1619.

Jahangir's father and predecessor as emperor established the religion of Divine Faith and the corresponding Ilhai era based on solar years in 1584. Solar months are typically represented by the 12 signs of the zodiac.

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