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Indian Rupee: An International Currency

Posted by Amit Bhandari on

Indian Rupee: An International Currency

A century back, the Indian rupee was an important regional and international currency – due to India’s large economy and status as a trade hub. The uniform British India Rupee – first introduced in 1835, was a silver coin (0.917 or 91.7%) and 11.66 grams in weight. From 1835 to 1938, the names of the rulers and the designs kept changing, but the two basic factors – weight and purity, remained constant. For ease of trade, many other smaller economies of the region adopted a currency that mirrored the Indian rupee. Thus, Burma (1853), Portuguese Empire (1881), Mombasa (1888), German...

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Know Your Coins: Mint Marks Part 1

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Know Your Coins: Mint Marks Part 1

Mints are responsible for quality of their product – i.e. – coins they produce, and the mint-mark is a way of tracing the product back to the manufacturer. This is similar to how the packaging of most products mentions the details of manufacturing facility. The mint-mark is not the primary feature of a coin’s design, so it is usually much smaller than other design features of the coin. The first mint producing uniform coins in India was set up in Calcutta by the British, followed by Bombay and Madras mints. The Madras mint was shut down in 1869 and Calcutta...

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Coin Collecting: 5 Tips for Beginners

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Coin Collecting: 5 Tips for Beginners

Most people start collecting coins when they find an interesting coin in their pocket change or have some coins left over from an overseas trip. In some cases, the numismatic journey starts with a few old copper coins found with a grandparent. A few lucky ones get to inherit collections – either from an older sibling/cousin or a relative. Regardless of where you start, as in any journey, the direction is more important than speed. So you want to collect coins. What are the dos and don’ts? Collect what interests you You will be spending a lot of time and...

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