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1862 Dot Coins

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1862 Dot Coins

From 1862 to 1874, the year on silver rupees was frozen to 1862. These coins were minted at Calcutta, Bombay and Madras mints. Of these three, the Bombay Mint adopted a system of dots – dies were specially marked with tiny dots to mark the year of manufacture. Thus, one dot meant the coin was minted in 1863 (1862 + 1) while 11 dots meant the coin was minted in 1873. Dots in these coins are placed on two locations on the reverse of the coin – just above the flower underneath the date and just above the ‘N’ of...

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The 'Pig' Rupee

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The 'Pig' Rupee
The first silver rupee coins struck in the name of George V had an unfortunate mistake - the image of an elephant in a decoration came out with short legs & trunks, resembling a pig. The coin caused a furor and new coins had to change the design to show a more elephant like image.

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1936 – The year of three kings

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1936 – The year of three kings

Kutch Princely State

Edward VIII, George V, George VI, Khengarji

Silver Coins, Antique silver coins, Old coins, Kutch Coins

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Evolution of the Rupee - 1835-1947

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Evolution of the Rupee - 1835-1947

From 1835 – when the East India Company introduced uniform coinage in India, to 1947 – when Indian won her freedom, the silver rupee remained almost the same in size and weight (and silver content, except for once!). However, the design of the coin would change every-time the ruler changed – and sometimes even under the same ruler. The first uniform coins of 1835 were issued by the East India Company, featuring William IIII. This was followed in 1840 by Victoria Queen coins – with two different heads. The coins can also be differentiated by the legend ‘Victoria Queen’ –...

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Bikaner & Alwar Rupees

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Bikaner & Alwar Rupees

 Silver rupees of Alwar and Bikanir (as it was then spelled) are unique among Indian princely states as they are based on the uniform British India coins, but have some features of the local kingdom as well. The silver rupees of Alwar and Bikanir are the same size, weight and silver content as the British India Rupee. Moreover, the ‘heads’ side featured the regular portrait of Queen Victoria, making them indistinguishable from any other coin. It was the reverse where the name of the state and its ruler featured. Alwar coins were first minted in Calcutta in 1877 –...

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