The beginning of Sikh coinage was from 1765 A.D. In April 1765 A.D. the Sikh Sardars assembled at Akal Takht, founded the Sikh state and declared independence, also decided to mint coins in the name of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh. The first of these coins were rupees issued in VS 1822 (1765 A.D.) from Lahore, Amritsar followed in VS 1832 (1775 A.D.). Although retaining the weight standards of Mughals, its coins inscriptions were totally changed. For obverse there were two legends – each with several minor varieties – known as Nanakshahi and Gobindshahi couplet.