Baldwin's Auctions 70-72 - Post-Sale Highlights Baldwin’s put on a spectacularly diverse event during the Coinex season. Three days of auctions were packed full of interesting collections and single items from around the world and included an afte
Gupta. Kumaragupta I (c.AD 414-455), Gold Dinar, 8.17g, Lion slayer type, standing king firing arrow at fallen lion right, Devanagari legend right, rev Lakshmi seated facing on lion, legend Srimahendrasimhah right (Fr 90). Good very fine. From The Yashoda Singh Collection Of Indian Coins.
1074 Indian Coins. Mughal. Jahangir (AH 1014-1037; AD 1605-1628), Zodiac Rupee “Gemini”, Agra, AH 1029, type with twins embracing, right-hand twin with left leg raised, struck from gold mohur dies (cf KM 180.6). About very fine, test mark on the reverse rare. From The Yashoda Singh Collection Of Indian Coins.
1148 Indian Coins. East India Company. Madras Presidency, Gold 2-Pagodas, 1808-1815, nine stars each side of the temple, empty oval buckle, the temple points to “D” of PAGODA, large letters with no period between TWO and PAGODAS and single dot after (KM 358; Pr 146). In NGC holder graded MS65, very pleasant. From The Yashoda Singh Collection Of Indian Coins.
1434 INDIAN COINS. Mughal. Nadir Shah Afshari (AH 1148-1160; AD 1735-1747), Rupee, Muhammadabad Banaras, ahd. Very fine, surface defect on the reverse, extremely rare. Nadir Shah was a local warlord in north-west Iran who rose to power during the reign of the Safavid Ruler, Tahmasp II. He ousted the Afghan invaders from Iran, was granted the governorship of Khurasan and from there increased his power dramatically. He deposed Tahmasp and installed his own puppet ruler, Abbas III, whom, he, in turn, deposed before proclaiming himself Shah of Iran. In 1736 he decided to invade Afghanistan and India in search of plunder. Having taken Qandahar and Kabul, he proceeded to Peshawar, which he captured, and then his armies went on to capture Lahore and Sahrind. In 1739 Nadir’s army defeated the Mughals at Karnool and then marched on Dehli, where they were met by the Mughal emperor, Muhammad Shah, who accompanied them into the city. Nadir had the khutba read in his name and had coins struck in his name (dated AH 1151 and 1152). He did not depose Muhammad Shah but pillaged the city and made it know that he expected tribute from the Mughal provincial governors. Coins in his name are known struck at Ahmadabad, ‘Azimabad (Patna), Murshidabad and Muhammadabad Banaras. All are extremely rare so it is likely they were struck in very limited quantities. The present coin is one of probably only three known from the Banaras mint. The reverse features the word wālā, which means “exalted, eminent”.
1489 INDIAN COINS. East India Company, Bombay Presidency, VIP Proof Set, 1834, Bombay Mint, comprising three silver and three copper coins, possibly struck to mark the first complete coinage in 1834 by the new Bombay Mint, or in 1835 for the end of local Presidency coinage. All in PCGS holders and graded: Silver Rupee, dated AH1215, graded PR67 : Silver ½-Rupee, dated AH1215, graded PR67+; Silver ¼-Rupee, dated AH1215, graded PR67; Copper ½-Anna, dated 1834, graded PR65BN; Copper ¼-Anna,