India 1919(b) 4 annas
This four annas was struck at the Bombay mint after World War One. A wartime surge in the price of silver prompted the British authorities to replace the silver quarter rupee with this copper-nickel type. It must not have been a success as it was dropped after only three years (1919-21). Likewise, the copper-nickel eight annas was abandoned after 1920. This specimen was lot 22576 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $188. The catalog description noted, "INDIA. 4 Annas, 1919-(B). ICG MS-64. Seen far more frequently as a proof restrike, original mint state examples are far less seldom offered. Brilliant with a few light tone streaks on the reverse."
Recorded mintage: 7,672,000 plus restrikes.
Specification: 6.50 g, copper-nickel.
Catalog reference: KM-519.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.