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Coin

Date:
dated A.H. 1031/A.D. 1621–22
Geography:
India, Agra
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Diam. 13/16 in. (2.1 cm) W. 1/16 in. (0.2 cm)
Classification:
Coins
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, 1898
Accession Number:
99.35.7401
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
Bearing signs of the zodiac, the coins conceived of and issued by Emperor Jahangir were a development of earlier Mughal coinage, which included religious calligraphic inscriptions and minting dates. The sign of Capricorn corresponds to the month in which this coin was issued, while a couplet on the reverse provides additional information about the reign and year.
Inscription: Inscription in Persian in nasta‘liq script on obverse:

یافت در اگره روی زر زیور از جهانگیر شاه، شاه اکبر

The face of gold was decorated in Agra by Jahangir Shah, [son of ] Shah Akbar.
Joseph H. Durkee, New York (until d. 1898; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Following the Stars: Images of the Zodiac in Islamic Art," February 4, 1997–August 31, 1997.

Carboni, Stefano. Following the Stars: The Zodiac in Islamic Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 10, pp. 26-27, ill. (b/w).



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