Patron: Issued by Akbar (reigned 1556-1605)
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Emperor Akbar, 1563
H x W x D: 2.7 x 2.7 x 0.1 cm (1 1/16 x 1 1/16 x 1/16 in)
Credit Line
The Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Exchange Media, Metalwork


India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection
Provenance research underway.

With the Arabic language forming a common bond among Islamic cultures, Arabic script became the principal element on gold coins like these, which represented the authority of the Islamic dynasties. Upon ascending to the throne, each ruler affirmed his new power and status by having a coin struck in his name. In addition to the king's name, these coins also carry the profession of faith: "There is no God but God and Muhammad is the Prophet of God."

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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