Akbar I, also known as Akbar the Great, was the third Mughal emperor, who reigned from 1556 to 1605. A strong personality and a successful general, Akbar gradually enlarged the Mughal Empire to include nearly all of the Indian Subcontinent north of the Godavari river. His power and influence, however, extended over the entire country because of Mughal military, political, cultural, and economic dominance. He was a numismatic (coin) innovator, and many of his silver rupees and half rupees are avidly collected to this day.
RUPEE: about 11 grams
HALF RUPEE: about 5.5 grams
There are many variations of Akbar coins, but the square rupees and half rupees are especially popular.
The example in our picture comes from Stephen Album Rare Coins where it sold for $80 US dollars during a 2017 auction.
Very roughly, catalog values run like this:
AKBAR I RUPEES AND HALF RUPEES:
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $100
Since Akbar was such a celebrated figure in history, his coins are often used as patterns for modern souvenirs, tokens, and gifts. The values above are for genuine coins. Modern reproductions are worth very little.