Hyderabad AH1341/12 1/2 ashrafi
This specimen was lot 40196 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,528. The catalog description noted, "INDIA. Hyderabad. 1/2 Ashrafi, AH 1341 (ca. 1922-23). NGC MS-63." The Indian princely state of Hyderabad was one of the few large enough and wealthy enough to mint an extensive series of gold coins. This type, struck for Mir Usman Ali Khan (AH 1329-1367 or 1911-48 A.D.), is listed for AH1337-1367 and is presumably common, tho this date is not listed.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 5.58 g, .910 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-1166; Y-56.2.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.