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Although the sovereign Sikh rule by Maharaja Ranjit Singh began in 1801AD, the Sikhs had established control over Lahore in 1765AD itself and had started minting and circulating their own coins.

Despite their large and very interesting variety, and circulation over a large territory for more than eighty years, the study of Sikh coins - the symbols of Khalsa Sovereignty, has largely remained neglected.

Sikh Coins group is dedicated to academic and intellectual interaction on Sikh Numismatics, including the numismatics of Cis-Sutlej States such as Nabha, Patiala, Kaithal, Malerkotla etc.

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The coin depicted here is among the extremely rare Sikh silver rupees of the Sikhs. This is a pictorial rupee issued from Lahore possibly as presentation pieces for the marriage of Prince Nau Nihal Singh, the grandson of Maharaja Ranjit Singh that was celebrated on 8th March, 1837 (VS 1893). Since the depiction of Sikh Gurus is against Sikh tenets these did not find sanction and the pieces that have come to light may be considered as patterns only.

This image has been taken from the data bank of British Museum. We are thankful to the British Museum for making available images of Sikh coins for academic perusal.

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