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Coin
Place of Origin: India, Amritsar, Punjab state
Date: approx. 1800-1839
Object Name: Coin
Materials: Copper alloy, silver and gold
Dimensions: Diam. 3/4 in, Diam. 1.9 cm
Credit Line: Acquisition made possible in part by the Society for Asian Art
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Coins
Object Number: F1999.38.110
On Display: Yes
Location: Tateuchi Thematic Gallery

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The Sikh courts produced their own currency. In Ranjit Singh’s court, most imperial coins were inscribed solely in Persian, as is the case here, reflecting Ranjit’s own ecumenical mindset and affinity with Mughal courtly culture. Such coins are commonly inscribed with Persian couplets glorifying Sikh gurus or heroes, or express religious and philosophical ideals. Some bear the likeness of Guru Nanak, sometimes portrayed along with his companions. Sikh coins were minted in the holy city of Amritsar, as was this one, as well as in Lahore, Kashmir, Multan, and Peshawar.

Gurmukhi script, the script of the Sikh sacred scriptures and of the local language, was used on lower-value copper coins that were circulated locally.


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Exhibition History: "Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs", Asian Art Museum, 3/10/2017 - 6/18/2017
Label:

The Sikh courts produced their own currency. In Ranjit Singh’s court, most imperial coins were inscribed solely in Persian, as is the case here, reflecting Ranjit’s own ecumenical mindset and affinity with Mughal courtly culture. Such coins are commonly inscribed with Persian couplets glorifying Sikh gurus or heroes, or express religious and philosophical ideals. Some bear the likeness of Guru Nanak, sometimes portrayed along with his companions. Sikh coins were minted in the holy city of Amritsar, as was this one, as well as in Lahore, Kashmir, Multan, and Peshawar.

Gurmukhi script, the script of the Sikh sacred scriptures and of the local language, was used on lower-value copper coins that were circulated locally.


Exhibition History: "Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs", Asian Art Museum, 3/10/2017 - 6/18/2017