The Mohur


The Mohur’s history in world coinage dates to 1540 when it was the highest value coin in a new currency introduced by the Emperor Sher Shah Suri, known locally as Sher Khan, the Lion King. The ‘Mohur’, meaning symbol or seal was seen as a symbol of the emperor’s power and wealth and has become an ancient symbol of wealth. In 1688 King Charles II granted The East India Company the right to mint its own coins in the territories where it traded and the Mohur was adopted as its main trading currency.

Today, the East India Company’s modern Mohur design features a powerful lion striding regally beneath a palm tree, the same design used since 1835 with each coin is struck to the exact specification established by Sher Shah Suri in 1540.


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