A brief background description of Sikh coins, tokens and other items...


 Sikhs first produced coins in VS (Vikrami Sambat) 1767-1772 which is AD1710-1715 under Baba Banda Singh Bahadur (also known as phai Gurbakhsh Singh by Sikhs), later they began to produce coins under the Misl rule from VS1822 which is AD1765. The Sikh Empire excelled during the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and this also increased the production of the coinage. Although Sikh coins were struck in at least 20 mints, today coins of Amritsar are the ones that are available in reasonable quantity, this is probably because the people of Punjab hoarded them, for the name of the holy city of Amritsar. Coins of other mints are rare to scarce and today command very high prices. Many people continue to collect the much sort after history of the Sikh Empire in the form of coins of the Sikhs. The coins themselves remain the direct link to the history of the Sikhs. Compared to other coins from the Indian subcontinent Sikh coins exist in very small numbers. This is proved by the high prices the common Sikh coins continue to demand. Even today, many new collectors continue to attribute Sikh coins to new mint cities, understanding new marks, Guru Nanak era dates, fractions and rare die types. This makes collecting Sikh coins an extremely exciting hobby for Sikh's and non-Sikh's alike.



It is unlikely tokens with pictures of the Sikh Guru's were made by Sikhs institutions. Promoting the pictures of the Sikh Guru's is prohibited in Sikhism. It is likely these were made either by vendors or side groups that had moved away from the core of Sikhism or even by groups that respected Sikhs (as images of Guru's are evident in some Hindu Mandirs). One possible theory floated about the tokens is that they were presented to Sevadars (to the people who served Sikh institutions) by smaller regional Gurdwara's (hence, the Sikh prayer on a side of some of them), regardless it is evident these were held in high esteem by those who had them, this somewhat explains the worn out conditions of many of these. Today they are collected by many for the history they represent and due to many types available today.

Other Collectable items:
There are many other old Sikh Weapons, , Paintings, Photographs, Medals, Phulkahires, etc,  these are fast becoming collectable, here, SikhCoins.com hopes to help Sikh collectors, certainly where they may have more than one of an item they want to dispose of or where simply they would like to change their collection into something else or just add to their existing collection.



 "The image of the bronze plaque below was kindly provided by a Sikh collector based in South Wales, United Kingdom"