⅛ Rupee - Shah Alam II

⅛ Rupee - Shah Alam II -  obverse⅛ Rupee - Shah Alam II -  reverse

© Ravi Shankar Sharma


Issuer Bengal Presidency (British India)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1768 (1765-1769)
Value ⅛ Rupee (0.125)
Currency Bengal - Rupee (1765-1834)
Composition Silver
Weight 1.45 g
Diameter 11 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 77322
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 81.1
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.


Legend in Persian (mostly off the flan): Sikka zad bar haft kishwar saya fazl Ilah Hami ud-din Muhammad. Shah Alam. Badshah (ah date)

شاه عالم بادشاه
حامي دين محمد
ساى فضل لله
سكة زد بر حفت كشور

Translation: Defender of the religion of Muhammad, Shah Alam Emperor Shadow of the divine favour, put his stamp on the seven climes, AH 1182


Legend in Persian (mostly off flan):Zarb Murshidabad sanat 7 julus maimanat manus

Lettering: ٩

Translation: Struck at Murshidabad in the 9th year of his reign of tranquil prosperity




- From August 1765 the control of the Mughal mints in Bengal passed to the East India Company. Thus coins from the Murshidabad, Dacca & Patna mints with Hijri (AH) and julus (RY) years 1179/7 onward are included in the British Indian series.
- The smaller denominations of this issue are all struck with flans much smaller than the dies used. As a result the Hijri date is never found on them, however the regnal year, being near the centre of the die usually is present. The coin in the image above with the complete Hijri date on flan is very rare.
- Coins  occur with the dates 1179 and 1183 AH ie. from  1765 to 1769 AD
- Murshidabad mint, star mint mark

- Another example (RY 7)

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ND (1765-1766)  RY7, AH 1179-1180
ND (1765-1769)  Ahd (RY 1)
ND (1766-1767)  RY8, AH 1180-81
ND (1767-1768)  RY9, AH 1181-82
1768  RY9, AH 1182 - rare with complete AH date
ND (1768-1769)  RY10, AH 1182-83

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