Token: India Religious Madinah Sharif with Kalimah
Token: India Religious Madinah Sharif with Kalimah

Hello Talat -- Thanks for your inquiry. We are Westerners at CoinQuest and have almost no knowledge of coins like yours. However, we have some expert friends who are able to help and they tell me this is a religious Temple Token (tanka) from Islamic India (see The mosque on the front side is Madinah Sharif (noble city), probably the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. On the reverse side is the Muslim statement of faith, the Kalimah.

According to this Flickr page, these tokens were originally minted in solid silver during the mid 19th century (AH1200s) but later in brass. This CoinNetwork page has a very nice-looking example. Great eye appeal raises the value of a coin. Our picture comes from respected eBay seller gatikrishna and CoinQuest thanks gatikrishna for use of the photo.

As always, older coins in better condition are worth more than newer coins. The Internet seems to be flooded with this and similar tokens in brass selling retail for 500 to 1500 rupees, like this:

worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $40

These are catalog values. Please read our Important Terminology page to understand them. If you have one in solid silver, it would be worth much more, probably ten times these amounts.

These are exciting times in coin collecting for tokens such as this one. The Internet has enabled worldwide communication and people throughout the world are discovering the pleasures of the King of Hobbies.

Coin: 12988 , Genre: Tokens
Requested by: talat, Sun, 28-Oct-2012 14:02:18 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 17-Nov-2013 14:00:45 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 25-Jun-2015 02:31:01 GMT
Requester description: front] picture of a mosque and written 'madina shareef' in arabic. [back] following names. allah mohammad, ali haider, hassan, hussain (in arabic) and muslim kalimah in centre.
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Hi thank you for your help this is my coin. Regards searcher - Bill Mason

I have a similar coin to this but when you search this up: 1400 year old islamic coin that coin shows up. People are selling it for 2000000 rupees and more. The internet is flooded with this and apparently it is on of the oldest medina coins in the world. It's considered an antique. Is this true because our family has had this token for many years.
They may be pricing them at 2000000 rupees, but they are not making any sales. It is a scam. - CoinQuest (Paul)

but is it 1400 years old. because when you type that up with islamic state that coin shows up. i dont think that part is a scam because it's been sent down many generations in our family. is it 1400 years old
I don't believe that it is 1400 years old. The caliphs noted on the reverse of the token lived in that time period - perhaps that is why people try to say the coin is that old. - CoinQuest (Todd)





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