Madras (1761) 1/4 rupee

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from Steve Album sale 27, lot 2399
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This specimen was lot 2399 in Stephen Album sale 27 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2017), where it sold for $440.62. The catalog description[1] noted, "MADRAS PRESIDENCY: AR rupee (Masulipatam), year "2". identification confirmed by the placement of pellets & symbols & the illustration by Pridmore, beautifully toned, choice EF, R. A similar piece sold in Horizon Auction 1, Lot 179, for about $364, but this piece is nicer." The SCWC lists years 27 and 37 for this rather scarce type. Year 2 of Shah Alam II = AH 1175 = 1761 AD.

Recorded mintage: 7,092,000.

Specification: silver, this specimen 2.76 g.

Catalog reference: KM-388. Prid-299/300.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • [1]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 27, featuring the Dr. Paul Stevens Collection of Indian Coins, Part VI, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2016.

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