India 1874(b) 2 annas
s specimen was lot 1131 in Sedwick sale 25 (Winter Park, FL, May 2018), where it sold for $416.50. The catalog description noted, "Bombay, India (British), 2 annas, Victoria, 1874(B), NGC MS 63. Deep blue toning on obverse and lighter rainbow colors on reverse, practically no wear or marks, trace of die-clashing on reverse, second highest grade in NGC census behind just three MS 64's. NGC #4725063-012." This type was struck 1862 and 1874-76. It is the smallest silver denomination. It was superseded by a type with the obverse legend "VICTORIA EMPRESS".
Recorded mintage: 9,508,000 + 5,690,000 from Calcutta.
Specification: 1.46 g, .917 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-488.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Stevens, Paul, and Randy Weir, The Uniform Coinage of India, 1835 to 1947, A Catalogue and Pricelist, London, Spink & Son Ltd, 2012.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 25, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2019.