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ONE MOHUR East India Company Mughal Empire Gold Coin 1 Pound Saint Helena Ascension Island 2012


The Mohur was first recorded in the history of world coinage as long ago as 1540, it is originated in the Mughal Empire of India. The 2012 coin is the first issue of a yearly edition. Struck to exceptional proof quality in 24 carat gold, the first Queen Elizabeth II coinage of the East India Company.

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A Mohur is a gold coin that was formerly minted by several governments, including British India and some of the Princely States which existed alongside it, the Moghul Empire, Nepal, and Afghanistan. It was usually equivalent in value to fifteen silver rupees. It was last minted in British India in 1918, but some princely states continued to issue the coins until their accession to India after 1947. The Mohur coin was first introduced by Sher Shah Suri during his rule in India between 1540 and 1545.
The East India Company was Founded in the year 1600 by way of Royal Charter by Elizabeth I the Company has long since been acknowledged as the world’s first global corporation.
Following its inception the East Company quickly dominated world trade with an international reach across many continents. Its trading interest in precious metals, fine cloths, tea and spices quickly saw its inuence spread throughout India and the Far East.
The Company became so significant in fact that in 1677 Charles II granted it the right to mint its own coins in the territories it administered and in India the majestic Mohur was adopted.
This remained the same until the Coinage Act of 1835, which decreed that there should be a universal coinage for all of the British Colonies. As a result One and Two Mohur gold coins were struck for the first time bearing the effigy of King William IV on the obverse and the iconic Lion and Palm Tree motif on the coins reverse.

  • CountrySaint Helena
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1 Pound
  • MetalGold
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)11.66
  • Diameter (mm)26
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The Mohur coin today, issued by Saint Helena, takes its inspiration from the original Mohur and as a result bears the noble Lion and Palm Tree design on its reverse, with the effigy of Elizabeth II on its obverse. The specifications are in keeping with the universal standard established by Sher Shah Suri as long ago as 1540, to ensure the historical authenticity of the coins.