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Friday, 23 September 2011

50 paisa coin of 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.

Thursday, 11 August 2011



        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, 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.

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

1938 Indian's Currency

            The Bank's issues to January 1938 when the first Five Rupee note was issued bearing the portrait of George

Rupees Five - First Note issued by Reserve Bank of India
         This was followed by Rs 10 in February, Rs 100 in March and Rs 1,000 and Rs 10,000 in June 1938.

Rupees One Hundred
Rupees One Thousand
Rupees Ten Thousand

1940 August Indian's currency,

      In August 1940, the one-rupee note was reintroduced, once again as a war time measure, as a Government note with the status of a rupee coin,
Rupees Two
Rupee One Reverse

Rupee One Obverse 
            As an added security feature, the security thread was introduced for the first time in India.

George VI Profile
George VI Frontal

        The George VI series continued till 1947 and thereafter as a frozen series till 1950 when post independence notes were issued.

1923 Indian's Currency

               Regular issues of this Series carrying the portrait of George V were introduced in May, 1923 on a Ten Rupee Note. The King's Portrait Motif continued as an integral feature of all Paper Money issues of British India. Government of India continued to issue currency notes till 1935 when the Reserve Bank of India took over the functions of the Controller of Currency. These notes were issued in denominations of Rs 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 10,000.

Rupees Ten Thousand
Rupees One Thousand
Rupees Fifty 

Indian's old currency

                 Here are some old currencies India used before its Independence.

                 The first set of British India notes were the 'Victoria Portrait' Series issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 1000. These were unifaced, carried two language panels and were printed on hand-moulded paper manufactured at the Laverstock Paper Mills (Portals). The security features incorporated the watermark (GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, RUPEES, two signatures and wavy lines), the printed signature and the registration of the notes.

Rupees Ten
Rupees Hundered

             British India Notes facilitated inter-spatial transfer of funds. As a security precaution, notes were cut in half. One set was sent by post. On confirmation of receipt, the other half was despatched by post. 
Half note
             This series remained largely unchanged till the introduction of the 'King's Portrait' series which commenced in 1923.

Green Underprint - Rupees Five Hundred 

Green Underprint - Rupees Five

Red Underprint - Rupees Fifty Small Denomination Notes

                   The introduction of small denomination notes in India was essentially in the realm of the exigent. Compulsions of the first World War led to the introduction of paper currency of small denominations. Rupee One was introduced on 30th November, 1917 followed by the exotic Rupees Two and Annas Eight. The issuance of these notes was discontinued on 1st January, 1926 on cost benefit considerations. These notes first carried the portrait of King George V and were the precursors of the 'King's Portrait' Series which were to follow.

Rupees Two and Annas Eight - Obverse King's Portrait Series

Rupee One -Reverse
Rupee One - Obverse 

Monday, 8 August 2011

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 thecrown 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.

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).

some common man's coin

              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

Old silver coin of queen victoria series

         These are the pictures of one rupee silver coin of 1876 containing one rupee and india on one side and picture of queen of england queen Victoria,who was the queen of that time

        This is a coin of pre independence era of 1918 this is also a silver coin containing something in persian and on the other side picture of king george V th who was the king of england in those times

       This is also a very old one rupee silver pre independence era coin of 1885