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been erroneously associated with the mintages of Bengal proper,—I allude to the money of Taj-ud-din Firiiz, whose date has, in like manner, been misapprehended by Marsden (p. 575), and by Mr. Laidlay, who follows his interpretation (J. A. S. B. xv. p. 330). The subjoined examples will show that the supposed date of 897 A. n. should be 807; and the consecutive numbers on the different coins now cited establish the fact that the potentate whose name they bear reigned at least from 804 to 823, having a capital entitled Hdpdbdd, which may with sufficient reason be identified with the Hajipur of modern nomenclature. The introductory piece A. seems to have been issued by Taj-ud-di'n's predecessor, and their several mintages alike depart from the ordinary style of Bengal coinages in the phraseology and finished execution of the Arabic legends, as well as in the weights of their currencies, which spproximate closely to the full Dehli standard, in contrast to the reduced southern range of 166 grains. A. Silver. Size, viij. Weight, 165 grs. Unique. A. H. 797.
B. Silver. Size from vij to viiij. Weight, 168 grs., the full and sustained weight of several specimens.
Obverse, lettered surface. Reverse, square area, with imperfect marginal records, usually consisting of Cij L*».La. ^jisi ^j*> with the figured dates at the foot, ranging onwards from 804 to 807 [MarsdenJ 810, 813, 814, 818, 819, 820, 822, and 823 A. H.
These coins are chiefly from the collection of the late Sir R. Jenkins, but have now passed into Colonel Guthrie's possession.
Among other rare and unpublished coins, having more or less connexion with the progress of events in Bengal, I may call attention to the subjoined piece of Shir Shah (C.), which seems to mark his final triumph over Humayi'm in 946 A. H. and his own assumption of imperial honours in Hindustan. The gold coin (D.) is of interest, as exhibiting the model from whence Akbar derived one of his types of money, which Oriental authors would have us believe were altogether of his special origination, even as they attribute so many of Shir Shah's other admirable fiscal and revenue organizations to his Moghul successor. In coin E. we follow the spread of Shir Shah's power northwards to the ancient capital of the Pathans, and the piece F. illustrates the retention of the family sway over the other extreme of the old dominion.
C. Silver. Size, vi£. Weight, 163 grs. A. H.946. Well executed
Reverse, *>LkL» j *JLM o^l* uli^A&^ikJl y\
D. Gold. Square coin. Weight, 168| grs Unique. (R. J.
Obverse, the Kalimah.
E. Silver. Size, vii. Weight, 168 grs. Dehli. A. H. 948.
Margin, the names and titles of the four Imams.
At the foot, ^t^ft
F. Silver. Size, viii. Weight,? Satgaon, A. H. 951 (from the col
lection of the late G. H. Freeling, Bengal C. S.) Circular area, j Au| jJi. ^LkU iLS.^ ^\ »l£ „2U(
Notes on the Jumma Maxjid of Etawah.—By C. Iiorne, Esq.
Proceeding south from Ilumcganj at Etawah through the cutt leading to the Jumna, one observes on one's right hand (i. e. ea» crowning an isolated mound, nu old mosque. By those accustom to the originally converted mosques of an early period, and as sci at Jaunpur and Benares, this may be at once recognized to have bei altered from an ancient Ilindu or a Buddhist structure by the procet Bo well described by Fcrgusson in his Handbook of Architectur p. 81, vol. 1.—The style of the screen before the dome is the sam[ as that at Jaunpur,* whilst the round buttresses at the back, an( the coeval ornamentation, fix the period of its conversion.
On enquiring from some of the more intelligent, I found the aga of the temple to be popularly reported to be coeval with that of Etawah city. Thus »j Gl = 5 X 6 X 1 X 400 X 1 = 413 which being deducted from 1282 Hijra (new expiring) leaves 809, which deducted from 180G A. D. leaves 997 A. D. which may very probably represent the real date of the Hindu erection.
As is often the case, there may have been a former temple, but the material, black kunkur, does not show ago well; whilst the granitepillars have been altered and partially carved at different periods.
Mr. Ilumc of Etawah tells me he is about to publish a complete description of it with engravings; I therefore submit these notes merely as the means of drawing attention to the building, which, taken in connection with other ancient remains, is worthy of a visit.
The main portion of the building is of black kunkur; although there are fragments of blue granite boulders in the walls, and portions of at least 10 granite columns of varying lengths. The average length of them is 5-6 with a thickness of 8 inches; but one at the gate, where it is used as an architrave, exceeds 7 feet. There are also plain pillars of red and light coloured sandstone.
I could not, in my short visit, ascertain whence the granite columns had been brought. They have, many of them, been cut in half, so that they now stand about 8'-3" in height; whilst one from which the carving
* Atallab, Jumma Masjid and other mosquos.