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Coin of Arakan Raj Salim Shah
CUM 62
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This trilingual silver coin issued from the Chatigrama mint (Chittagong) in AD 1593 during the reign of the king of Arakan / Salim Shah's reign 1593 AD to 1612 AD. On the front part of the trilingual coin inscribed with the Arakanese language and alphabets and on the back upper inscrived with Arabic while the lower part is proto-Bengali script. Obverse : Within a double circles spanned by dots, (the legend is in Burmese script, but we give the translation), "963, Lord of the White Elephant, Lord of Men and Land, Salim Shah (1593-1612 AD)". Reverse : Within a circle, divided into two parts, upper part having Arabic script and lower part having Bengali script. This coin is the avidance of cultural harmony in this region.

History of the Object
Chittagong, an ancient seaport with a natural harbor in Asia, has an enriched history as a gateway to Bengal with over a thousand years of Haritage. Numerous rulers periodically occupied this region and thus it flourished with diverse cultural confloance. This Coin issued from the mint of Chatgaon. Chatgaon is modern Chittagong and was also named Islamabad by shaista khan (1664-1688). Sultan Ghiyasuddin Azam Shah gave Chatgaon (Chittagong) the status of a mint town. The mint was discontinued by his successors but was again revived by Sultan Jalaluddin Muhammad Shah, who issued coins from here from1415 AD to1431 AD. It may be mentioned here that Danujmardana Deva and his son Mahendra Deva also issued coins from the mint of Chatigrama (Chittagong), obviously the same place.

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Type
Coins and medals 
Materials
Silver 
Measurements
2.935cm;Weigth : 10.17gms 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Minted at Chatigrama(Chittagong) 
Geography
Bangladesh 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ BCE 
Creation date
17th Century 
Function
Currency 
Acquisition
Purchased in 1973 from MD. Khorshed Anwar 
Copyright
Chittagong University Museum 
Acknowledgements
Chittagong University Museum 
Owner
Chittagong University Museum 
Museum
Chittagong University Museum 
Credit line
Chittagong University Museum 

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