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Saturday, June 26, 2010

1862 Queen Victoria Silver Coin

Alexandrina Victoria was the Queen regnant of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837, and the first Empress of India of the British Raj from 1 May 1876.Following the Proclamation of Empire in 1877, when the British Crown took over from the East India Company the administration of British India, Queen Victoria was considered to have gained Imperial status and assumed the title Empress of India. She was thus the Queen-Empress, and her successors, until George VI, were known as King-Emperors. This title was the shortened form of the full title, and in widespread popular use.After the Mughal Emperor was deposed by the British East India Company, and after the company itself was dissolved, the title "Empress of India" was taken by Victoria from 1 May 1876, and proclaimed at the Delhi Durbar of 1877. The title was created nineteen years after the formal incorporation into the British Empire of Britain's possessions and protectorates on the Indian subcontinent. Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is usually credited with creating the title for her.Therefore all the coins before 1876 had the inscription written "VICTORIA QUEEN "."Victoria Empress" is inscribed for coins dated 1877 - 1901.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


In 1968 a 20 paise brass coin was minted by india .In those days Aluminium series coins were very in use this  brass coin was very peculiar in those times.The coin has a lotus on one side with the denomination and the year inscribed on one side . The 20-paise coins, have the image of lotus  embossed on it and so they are fixed at the entrance of buildings and prayer rooms in those days .They also possed ornamental value as ankle chains and imitation jewellery were made out of these coins.On the other side the national embelem "The Ashoka Sthambha" is inscribed without the slogan "Satyamev Jayte".The 20 paisa brass coin was removed from circulation because it was melted down in large numbers because of its metal value

Monday, June 14, 2010

Aluminium series coins

With commodity prices rising in the sixties, small denomination coins which were made of bronze, nickel-brass, cupro-nickel, and aluminium-bronze were gradually minted in aluminium. This change commenced with the introduction of the new hexagonal 3 paise coin. A twenty paise coin was introduced in 1968 but did not gain much popularity.The one paisa coin of Aluminium-Magnesium metal weighing 0.75 gram and square in shape having diagonal lenghth 17mm was a aluminium series coin.The two paisa coin was Scalloped in shapeand was made up of Aluminium-Magnesium metal weighing one gram.The 1971 two paisa coin is depicted here. In 1964  a new denomination the 3 paise was introduced The three paisa coin of  aluminium series was also made of Aluminium-Magnesium metal weighing 1.25 gram and was hexagonal in shape .A 1966 3 paisa coin is depicted here

Friday, June 11, 2010

50 paisa coin 1954

The 50 paisa coin of 1954 is an nickel coin of diameter 24 mm and weight approx 5gm .On one side "1/2 rupee" is inscribed in hindi instead of fifty paisa and on the other side Government of India is inscribed .A corn sheafis also marked on one side this symbolised a shift in focus to progress and prosperity.


India brought out its distinctive coins on 15th August, 1950.Introduced on 15th August, 1950 and represented the first coinage of Republic India. The King's Portrait was replaced by the Lion Capital of the Ashoka Pillar. A corn sheaf replaced the Tiger on the one Rupee coin.In September, 1955 that the Indian Coinage Act was amended for the country to adopt a metric system for coinage. The Act came into force with effect from 1 April 1957. The rupee remained unchanged in value and nomenclature. It, however, was now divided into 100 'paisa' instead of 16 annas or 64 pice. For public recognition, the new decimal paisa was termed 'Naya Paisa' till 1 June 1964 when the term 'Naya' was dropped.

Value : 1paisa

Metal : Bronze
Weight : 1.5 g
Size : 16 mm

Thursday, June 10, 2010

King George VI 1939 1/2 pice coin

King George VI in May 1937 and the first coin of India with his effigy was minted in 1938.The king is without a beard.It is a bronze coin of King George VI series all the inscriptions are in english.It is a Bronze coin of 1939.Due to out break of 2nd world war was during his rule, cost of all metals used in coins such as gold, silver and copper increased very much even metallic cover was used from spent bullets and shells of 2nd world war to mint some coins so the size of coins reduced and to save the copper, coins were issued with a hole


It is a 1930 ,1/12 th anna King George copper-nickel coin which is a George V series coin it was almost very similar to one rupee coin

KING GEORGE V one rupee silver coin

This is a King George 1918 one rupee silver coin .Here something is inscribed in persian along with english just like the Edward VII coins but the picture of crown has been removed from one side and the king is seen wearing the crown and the word "EMPEROR" is written on the potrait side.Coins were minted in India with the potrait of King George V from 1911 to 1936.


The coins issued by the British after 1840 bore the portrait of Queen Victoria. The first coinage under the crown was issued in 1862 and in 1877 Queen Victoria assumed the title the Empress of India.On all the coins dated 1877 - 1901 "Victoria Empress" was inscribed on coins .The one rupee coin was a silver coin with on one side potrait of Queen Victoria and on the other side "ONE RUPEE" and "INDIA" written in english.Nothing is written in hindi or urdu.

1908 silver coin

It is a one rupee silver coin of 1908 of king edward VII series , special feature of the coin is that,in all the silver coins the inscription is in both English and Persian, compared to Victoria coins that showed only English.On one side "ONE RUPEE INDIA" is written along with the picture of the crown and something in persian and on the other side there is a picture of then emperor king Edward VII without the crown facing right the reason for him not wearing the crown is that though Queen Victoria died on 22 January 1901, Edward's coronation was not held till 9 August 1902. The master dies were created before the coronation, so it was not possible to show him wearing the crown. To rectify this, a pattern rupee was designed in 1910. It could not be minted for public use as king Edward died in the same year.Another distinct feature of this coin is the word "KING & EMPEROR"is also incribed.The Edward VII series of coins of India are dated 1903-1910.

1 paisa coin of 1925

It is a one quarter anna coin of 1925 with a dot below the word 1925 which signifies it is minted in then Bombay.It is a copper-nickel coin which was equivalent to one paisa .It is a coin of george 5 series.This coin has "ONE QUARTER ANNA" and"INDIA" inscribed on one side and on the other side there is a potrait of GEORGE 5 the then emperor of england.Nothing is written in hindi or urdu.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

1920 2 anna coin

It is a 2 anna coin 4 annas were equal to 25 paisa,so its value is 12.5 paisa.It is a 1929 coin on whose side 2 annas is printed on one side in english ,hindi,bengali,urdu and in kannad or telgu and on the other side 1929 is printed with a picture of george 5 the then emperor of england.This copper-nickel coin was introduced to replace the silver 2 Annas coin, due to the high cost of silver. This was minted through the end of the George V era. It was produced by both the Calcutta mint (no mint mark) and the Bombay mint ("dot" mint mark).

This is a rare 1 paisa coin .This is probably made up of bronze and doesnot bear the name of any queen or emperor the word one paisa is written in hindi,urdu and english.The english crown is shown on the face of the coin .The coin signifies the end of british rule in india