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Auction 43  24 Feb 2024
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Gujarat Sultanate, Nasir ud-din Mahmud Shah I (AH 862/3-917/1458/9-1511AD) or Mahmud I, Mahmud Begada, Shahr-i-Mukarram Muhammadabad urf Champanir Mint, Gold Tanka, AH 902, Obv: Arabic legend "al-Wathiq bi-Tayid al-Rahman Nasir ud-duniya wa-al din Abu al-Fatah" within a dotted circle Rev: Arabic legend "Mahmud Shah al-Sultan Khuld Khilafathau" in the circular border, "Zarb Hada-ad-Dinar Shahr fi Mukarram Muhammadabad 'urf Chanpanir Sanah 902", anti-clockwise from 4 o'clock in the margin, 11.6g, 23.28mm, (G&G # G78), no test marks, centrally struck, sharp & bold strikes, very beautiful, almost uncirculated, Exceedingly Rare. Note: After successfully capturing Saurashtra, Mahmud I solidified his control over the Sultanate of Gujarat by acquiring Champanir and Junagarh. This achievement earned him the moniker 'Begada,' where 'Be' in Gujarati signifies two, and 'Gad'/'Garh' means fort. The historian Sikandar Manjhoo explains this nickname in his book "Mira'at-i-Sikandari." The conquest of Champanir occurred on November 21,1484, following a 20-month siege. Mahmud dedicated the next two decades to enhancing and modifying the city. Additionally, he founded a new city named Muhammadabad at the base of Pavagadh hill, often referred to as 'Shahr-i-Mukarram' or 'the venerable city.'
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