Coins of Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Sikh Empire..
During Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s reign, Sikh coins were struck between the Vikram Samvat Years VS 1858 – 1896 (1801 – 1839).
Maharaja Ranjit Singh (13 November 1780 – 27 June 1839) was the leader of the Sikh Empire, which ruled the northwest Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century.
When Ranjit Singh occupied Lahore, he issued coins, some with a Persian legend and others in the Gurumukhi script. He did not use his name. He used the Sikh couplet:
Obverse: Sikka Zad Bar Sim 0 Zar Fazl Sachcha Sahib Ast Fath-I-Gobind Singh Shahan Tegh-I-Nanak Wahib Ast.
Rev: Sanah Julus Maimanat Manus Zarb Dar Us Saltanat Lahore.
Which translates to:
Obverse – Coin struck in silver and Gold, the sword of Nanak is the Guarantor. Victory to Guru Gobind Singh, King of Kings, by the grace of God.
Reverse – Struck in the age of humans, in the year 1882/3 at the seat of the empire, Lahore.
The Ranjit Singh coin above is from Lahore mint VS date 1882/3 or roughly 1825 AD.
During Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s reign, Sikh coins were struck between the Vikram Samvat Years VS 1858 – 1896 (1801 – 1839). Copper falus or paisa coins were struck from the mints at Lahore, Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar (Kashmir), Multan and Peshawar.
Here is another Ranjit Singh coin from Amritsar mint.
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