Scarce Ilahi square silver rupee, Emperor Akbar (1556-1605), Ilahi year 38, Mughal Empire - very unusual style!

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Kalima / Akbar's name and titles, Ilahi date (year 38 = 1591/1592 AD). Excellent coin, very attractive. 17.5mmx17.5mm, 11.24 grams. Mint if off-flan, very unusual crude style. KM 84. Rare type.

The Dīn-i Ilāhī was a syncretic religious doctrine propounded by the Mughal emperor Jalālu d-Dīn Muḥammad Akbar ("Akbar the Great"), who ruled the Indian subcontinent from 1556 to 1605, intending to merge the best elements of the religions of his empire, and thereby reconcile the differences that divided his subjects. The elements were primarily drawn from Islam and Hinduism, but some others were also taken from Christianity, Jainism and Zoroastrianism. The use of the AH dating on the coins was disconitnued and the coins were instead dated in "Ilahi Era" years.

The Mughal Dynasty is a line of Muslim emperors who reigned in India from 1526 to 1858. Babur, the first mughal emperor, was a descendant of the Turkish conqueror Timur on his father's side and of the Mongol (n, mughal) conqueror Genghis Khan on his mother's side, Invaded India from Afghanistan and founded the Mughal Empire on the ruin of the Delhi Sultanate. From 1526, when Babur defeated Sultan Ibrahim Lodi, the ruler of Delhi and established himself in neighbouring Agra, until 1638, when his great-great-grandson Shah Jehan built a new capital city in Delhi again, Agra was a repository for all the wealth and talent of one of the most extensive empires in the medieval world.