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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2007.185
Title
Coin of Ala Al-Din Muhammad Khalji, Sultan of Delhi
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
1296-1316
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Delhi
Period
Sultanate period
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/317875
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
2.8 cm in diameter
Provenance
David Gordon Mitten, gift to HUAM. This coin came from the personal collection of Professor and Curator Emeritus, David Gordon Mitten
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift in honor of Rian Thum, Head Teaching Fellow of Literature and Arts B-21, "The Images of Alexander the Great"
Accession Year
2007
Object Number
2007.185
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This silver coin was minted in Delhi by the third Sultan of the Khalji Dynasty (1290-1320 C.E.), Ala Al-Din Muhammad. The coin is struck on both sides and contains four registers of raised Arabic inscriptions framed in a square field on each side. The text block on the reverse is surrounded by a ring of Arabic inscriptions which are only partially visible on this coin. As in this example, most of the coins of the Delhi Sultans no longer employed the Kufic Script, instead favoring a medieval script.

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