A narrative on production and minting techniques in the Mughal Empire. This includes specific XRF testing results on the silver coins of Shah Alam I during testing of a large number of coins organised by Arthur Needham at the Ashmolean Museum.
Some years ago a paper was published by Barry Tabor on a visit to the location of the mint site at Daulatabad. Our group conducted specific investigations prior to the republishing of the article. The research included specific interaction with various authorities, mapping arrangements and non invasive scientific testing.
Given that much of the work done was outside “normal” numismatics and more into metallurgy the findings and methodology are perhaps outside the scope of current numismatics.
However given that we know a mint exists at Daulatabad. We have researched the location and will now await confirmation from other parties that the site we have researched is in the fact although we have evidence to note that the site was in fact used as the mint at some stage.
So we also know that there is very little basic research achieved into the actual location and design of such mints. Our efforts have been to at least set an investigative benchmark.
The research was brought into question when some photographs were posted for comment of a social media site. The article that our initial research was based on was posted and doubts expressed that it was not a mint but perhaps a bath house. In following conversation the claim was debated but it remains. Noting that this is not the first time research that we have been associated with has been queried (unsuccessfully each time although pieces of the work have appeared later without reference to us as expert research) it is still necessary for us to regather and review. The person making the suggestion that it is not the mint site made no effort to request from us what evidence we had now to support our researched. It was a bland statement.
Unfortunately it needs to be reviewed and will be reviewed carefully.
- Daulatabad had a mint.
- Research shows (including advice from relevant authorities) that the site nominated is correct.
- Specific research techniques not normally used in numismatics were used to gain information.
- Scientific analysis (non invasive) has shown the site nominated was used for a mint at some stage.
- The research or at least the primary paper has been rejected by an expert in numismatics based on no concrete evidence for rejection.
- It is necessary for us to take further time and expense to check on the rejection.
It will be expected that the relevant authorities who have provided us with information, if it is incorrect, will retract and issue a formal correction.
It is understandable why many researchers leave such research when almost at whim anything can be challenged. Be brave work on and publish. There are reasons why even basic research (such as this) has never been fully attempted and some of those reasons have nothing to do with the quality of the research. New areas will be investigated despite what may be thought by others and the newest technologies used in the hands of world experts.
Keep researching folks!
It is with great pleasure that we announce our FIRST top level award to Alfaaz Hussain for his finding of a Rupee in the name of Shah Alam I Bahadur for the new mint of Fathabad Dharur (various spellings). The coin was personally sighted some eighteen months but checking though the necessary documentation and the finding of a second example confirms this outstanding find by an outstanding researcher and collector.
It is hoped that on the next visit to India by Arthur Needham that a personal public presentation can be made.
In the great sub-continent there were hundreds of coin mints over numismatic history. Many of the towns are known but even today there are vigorous debates about the actual location of certain mints even though there might be many coins bearing that particular mint’s name.
In our books on coins each mint has a designated number so that the history of minting in that area can be traced from dynasty to dynasty and ruler to ruler. If the name of the town changes it still retains the same designated number so continuity is continued.
The projects aims not only to ensure that the actual mint location for each town or city is checked and agreed (given some of the debates this is no easy task) but it also seeks to find the exact location where the coins were minted, any remains of buildings etc that are still there and exactly locating the spot by clear and precise coordinates so that the exact site will be forever known. Pictures will also be included of what now remains.
So please help our intrepid investigators, Nirmal Kumar and Mukesh Sharma, in their quest. If you have any knowledge of a mint in your area please contact us so the investigation might begin.