India 1878(c) 1/4 rupee
This specimen was lot 1128 in Sedwick sale 25 (Winter Park, FL, May 2018), where it sold for $142.80. The catalog description noted, "Calcutta, India (British), 1/4 rupee, Victoria, 1878(C), no mintmark, NGC AU 53. Light high-point wear and minimal marks, deeply rainbow toned all over. NGC #4725063-015." This type was issued at Calcutta and Bombay 1877-1901 in a bewildering array of varieties, including proofs, off-metal strikes and restrikes. The type is the second smallest silver denomination. It is distinguished from the type issued 1862-76 by the obverse legend, "VICTORIA EMPRESS" instead of "VICTORIA QUEEN." There was no Bombay issue in 1878. The mintage given below, taken from the SCWC, seems improbable as the date is not rare.
Recorded mintage: 44,000 (allegedly) with and without mintmark.
Specification: 2.92 g, .917 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-490.
- 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.