Akbar ruled over an empire on the Indian subcontinent. Administering it was a daunting task, and Akbar introduced loads of reforms. Read on to find out how the outstanding skills of his mathematicians helped him, and what this has to do with his coinage!
The Muslim Akbar founded a world empire in which people of different religions lived together peacefully. How did this come about and what challenges did the ruler have to overcome to get there? And, most importantly: what can coins tell us about it?
Students discovered an important hoard of 425 gold coins during an excavation near Tel Aviv, mostly from the Abbasid period. Gold coin caches from this time are extremely rare in Israel. But archaeologists did not find only solid coins, but also something else quite particular.
In 1941, John Walker published his catalogue of the Arab-Sasanian coins of the British Museum, since then, it has been the standard reference in this field. Now, it has been replaced by Hodge Mehdi Malek’s two-volume book. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.