India Jaunpur 1/2 and 1 Tanka (Nasir al-Din Mahmud Shah)  1440 to 1456
India Jaunpur 1/2 and 1 Tanka (Nasir al-Din Mahmud Shah) 1440 to 1456

Jaunpur is a city and a district located in the eastern part of the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Chris sent us a picture of his neat Jaunpur half tanka. This coin dates to about AH850 or about 1450AD.

Chris did an excellent job with this coin. Not only did he supply superb photographs, his research led him to translating the text: 'mahmud shah bin ibrahim shah sultani' and 'khalifa abu'l fath.' There is an interesting example of such a translation for a similar tanka on the web site.

These are not expensive coins. You can find them on eBay selling for $5 to $20 US dollars.

A tanka will weigh around 9.5 grams, while a half tanka will weigh around 4.8 grams. The coins are made of a debased copper-silver alloy known as 'billon'.

CoinQuest believes that Indian (and Chinese) coins will be the next big expansion in numismatics (coin collecting). So if you have one of these coins you might want to hold on to it. They might be selling for ten times these amounts in a few years. This, of course, is pure conjecture. But it is certainly possible.

Coin: 14171 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: Chris H, Wed, 10-Apr-2013 09:49:09 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 14-Jul-2014 20:55:09 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Thu, 30-Jun-2016 23:58:30 GMT
Requester description: I think you might need a picture for this one. Coin is small but very heavy (4.8 grams) and thick (over 3 mm). Surface is dark grey (billon?). Side one: Arabic inscriptions, large character in the middle that looks like a capital Theta, Hindi writing at bottom. Side two: Arabic writing, arabic numerals at bottom, presumably the date, 842 or 843 as part of the last character is off the metal. These are pictures of my actual coin:
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