India 1918(b) 15 rupees
This specimen was lot 25110 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $3,055. The catalog description noted, "George V gold 15 Rupees 1918-(B), AU50 NGC, lustrous surfaces with mild contact marks, scarce and popular original striking." This fifteen rupees, the only issue of this denomination, matched the sovereign struck the same year.
Recorded mintage: 2,110,000 plus proofs and restrikes.
Specification: 7.98 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-1608, KM 525.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Stevens, Paul, and Randy Weir, The Uniform Coinage of India, 1835 to 1947, A Catalogue and Pricelist, London, Spink & Son Ltd, 2012.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.