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Research Coins: Feature Auction

Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 1721. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

INDIA, Mughal Empire. Muhayyi al-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb Alamgir. 1658-1707. AV Mohur (11.04 g, 2h). Kanbayat mint. Dated AH 1096; RY 29 (1684/5 AD). "Struck money through the world like the shining sun, Shah Aurangzeb Alamgir"; AH date / Legend with regnal year and mint below; flower cross symbol. Wright -; Hull -; cf. Nagpur II 1018; BMC -; KM 315.27. EF. ($300)

By the reign of Aurangzeb the decorative floral background on many of the Mughal coins had devolved into a pattern of rosettes and pellets interspersed among the diacritical marks of the Perso-Arab script. But as the subsidiary mints of the empire multiplied the field marks morphed into a complicated array of control marks indicating mint issues and sequential issues within mints. There may be only one symbol, or multiple symbols appearing on both sides of the coin. There is as yet no comprehensive catalogue of these field marks, although Wright compiled a table of the marks known to him.