Weight: 10.30 GM, Diameter: 29.15 Very Rare Guru Nanak Sat Kartar Antique Sikh Token Coin – 1804 (which is 1748 AD) Vikrami Samvant Mint. Sat Kartar (God is Truth) written in Hindi/Devnagri script as shown in the photo. It is A North Indian Coin from region of Punjab and depicts the Sikh faith. A rare […]
Weight: 10.30 GM, Diameter: 29.15
Very Rare Guru Nanak Sat Kartar Antique Sikh Token Coin – 1804 (which is 1748 AD) Vikrami Samvant Mint. Sat Kartar (God is Truth) written in Hindi/Devnagri script as shown in the photo. It is A North Indian Coin from region of
Punjab and depicts the Sikh faith. A rare coin probably minted 26 6 years ago in 1748 by one of the Sikh missals. (Minted 1804 is Hindu calendar call Vikram Smavat started 56 years ahead of Gregorian Calendar)
The coin elaborate of an alloy resembling bronze/brass, bears picture of the first Guru (Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji) on observe (Date Side) exergues reads Sat Kartar and the tenth Guru (Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji) on the reverse side. While Guru Nanak Dev is flanked by Bhai Mardana and Bhai Bala, holding rabab (Violin like instrument) and Chaur Sahib (Hand-held Fan) in their hands, a baaz (Hawk) is seen sitting near Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Also shown in the picture are the khrawaan (slipper elaborate of wood) and a lota (small water pot).
It is claimed and maintained that the ambiguity about the pictorial and mohar coins was due to lack of concern shown by successive governments about the Sikh history. It was certainly after October 14, 1745, that the chief of missals started minting coins in the names of the ten Gurus.
The very fact the coin bears pictures of the first and the tenth Guru shows that it was not minted during the regime of any sovereign ruler . Referring to the pages of history, each chief tried to strengthen his hold over the areas under his control and even started minting coins. A number of mints in Amritsar and one at Anandgarh came into existence. But a fair feature of these mints was that coins were minted by all in the name of the Sikh Gurus as had been the classical practice and no chief put his name on these coins or even changed the legend.
The token depicts the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak (AD 1469-1539). Guru Nanak taught his followers to we have faith in the one true God and encouraged them to worship and recite the name of God. ‘On the obverse of the token he is shown seated under a tree between two of his companions. Bhai Mardana, a Muslim, is seated on the left playing a rebab (stringed musical instrument) whilst Bhai Bala, a Hindu, is on the right holding a chowri (fly-whisk). The principle of equality of men, promoted by Guru Nanak throughout his life, is represented by showing members of the different faiths sitting together.
‘On the reverse its shows Guruji sitting alone.On top is written SAT KARTAR meaning Only the name of the Lord (Kartar) is True.’