Temple Token

ca. 19th century
SSB collection

Minted to be purchased by the devout as a religious keepsake or as a form of donation to Gurdwaras, Sikh temple tokens had a long production history of nearly 200 years from 1747 up to the early parts of the 20th century.

Obverse
Image of Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708), the inscription reads "Guru Gobind Singh"

Reverse
In Gurmukhi Script
The Mulmantar, the first stanza of the Guru Granth Sahib. Written by Guru Nanak it describes the qualities of the Supreme Being.

"There is One Being, Truth by Name, Primal Creator, without fear, without enmity, Timeless in form, Unborn, Self-existent, the grace of the Guru."

Below the Mulmantar in Urdu script:
"Registered Yal De(?)i, Dial Chowk, Darbar Amritsar
Made in Austria"

It is interesting to note that this religious token was manufactured in Austria and registered in Amritsar where it was sold.