Mauritius 1934 1/2 rupee
This specimen was part of lot 24385 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description noted, "George V 1934 3 piece Proof Set, KM15,16 & 17, all graded NGC Proof 66. Moderately toned over superb surfaces. An extremely rare set of Proofs in exemplary condition. From The Ted Reams Collection." This half rupee was struck for Mauritius in 1934 and is the first coin of that denomination issued for that island. Smaller denominations had been minted as far back as the 1870's. The island remained under British rule until 1968.
Recorded mintage: 1,000,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 5.83 g, .917 silver, .171 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 16.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.