Pars Coins

Closes Monday, December 23, 2019 11:00 AM CST

Archive Lot Detail
Sale Number: 343  -  Triskeles - Auction 30
Lot Number: 537

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Lot 537.  India, Delhi Sultanate. Sher Shah Suri. 1486-1545. AR rupee (28 mm, 11.17 g). Shergarh, AH 947 (1540 AD). G&G D801. Scarce.

Sher Shah Suri was an Afghan adventurer who succeeded in toppling the nascent Mughal empire and forcing Humayun to flee into exile. He was a brilliant administrator and his reforms in his brief 5-year reign laid the basis of Akbar the Great's achievements that followed. It was Sher Shah who introduced the rupee to replace the earlier tanka, bringing in a denomination that is still in use across South Asia. In fact, if Sher Shah had not been accidentally killed in a gunpowder explosion during a siege in May 1545, the great Mughals may never have come back to power at all. Nicely struck on a large flan, with the sultan's name Si Ser Sahi (Sri Sher Shah) clearly written in Devanagari too.

Estimate: US$ 90 

Lot is Closed
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Closing DateFriday, December 6, 2019
1:58:40 PM CST