Alwar 1891 rupee
This specimen was lot 4419 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description noted, "India: Alwar. Rupee, 1891. Victoria. Iridescent toning. Restrike. NGC graded Proof 61." Alwar was an Indian princely state in Rajputana northeast of Jaipur. Mangal Singh (1874-92) was the first ruler to issue milled coinage, including this rupee of 1891. All the local rulers were stripped of their privileges after independence in 1947.
Recorded mintage: 160,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 11.66 g, .917 fine silver, 31.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-46; Pridmore-1001.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.