India 1889-B rupee

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Goldberg sale 106, lot 2197
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This specimen was lot 2197 in Goldberg sale 106 (Los Angeles, September 2018), where it sold for $84. The catalog description[1] noted, "India - British. Rupee, 1889-B. incuse. Victoria. PCGS graded MS-62." This type was issued at Calcutta and Bombay 1877-1901 in a bewildering array of varieties, including proofs, off-metal strikes and restrikes. This date is known with a raised and an incuse mintmark; there is little difference in price. The type is the largest silver denomination. It is distinguished from the type issued 1862-76 by the obverse legend, "VICTORIA EMPRESS" instead of "VICTORIA QUEEN."

Recorded mintage: 65,300,000 (raised & incuse) plus 9,368,000 from Calcutta.

Specification: 11.66 g, .917 fine silver, 30.78 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-492; SW-6.111.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Stevens, Paul, and Randy Weir, The Uniform Coinage of India, 1835 to 1947, A Catalogue and Pricelist, London, Spink & Son Ltd, 2012.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 106: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.

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