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Historical Studies in Mughal Numismatics

by: Shahpurshah Hormasji Hodivala

This memoir deals with the varied aspects of Mughal numismatics, be it the problem associated with Mughal coinage, Akbar’s monetary system or his religious and economic policies, providing liberal education in the history of Mughal period.



ISBN: 9789392443039
Year Of Publication: 2022
Edition: 2nd
Pages : x, 376
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Suryodaya Books
Foreword By : C.J. Brown
Size: 23
Weight: 660


This memoir contains twenty-four scholarly articles that are remarkable in many respects. First, the author’s extremely accurate knowledge of the Persian historians of India and that of the European travellers has enabled him to bring together a series of studies into this volume, which is an exhaustive list of all references bearing upon Mughal coinage. Second, it addresses all the problems related to Mughal coinage thereby putting to rest half of the controversies that have engaged numismatists during the past a half century. Third, it sheds light on Akbar’s monetary system and religious outlook, while providing liberal education in the history of Mughal period. The historian and the student of economics should find stores of valuable material in this memoir.


I Shahrukhis
II The Ilahi Era
III Abul Fazl’s Inventory of Akbar’s Coins
IV “Gigantic Coins”
V The Coin-legend ‘Allahu Akbar’
VI Darbs and Charns
VII Tankis
VIII Mahmudis
IX Mint-regulations
X The Heavy coins of Jahangir
XI “Portrait Muhrs” of Jahangir
XII The Zodiacal Coins
XIII Jahangir’s Cambay Tankas
XIV Nisars
XV The Tuman
XVI The Julus Years of Shah Jahan
XVII The tittle ‘Bahadur’
XVIII The weight fo the Mughal Tola
XIX The Standard of Fineness
XX Rupee Value of the Ashrafi or Muhr
XXI Chronology of the Reigns of the Mughal Emperors
XXII Imperial Style and Titles
XXIII Coin-Couplets
XXIV The Khutba and the Sikka
XXV Conspectus of Passages

Meet the Author
Hodivala, Shahpurshah Hormasji Dinshahji (d. 26 November 1944) was the Principal of the Bahauddin (BahÀ’-al-Din) College of Junagadh, and professor of literature, history, and political economy. He was well known for his expertise on Parsi history and on numismatics. Studies in Parsi History (1920) and Studies in Indo-Muslim History: A Critical Commentary on Elliot and Dowson’s “History of India as Told by Its Own Historians”, 2 vols (1939) are his other important works.
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