India 1919(b) 8 annas
This specimen was lot 1421 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $764. The catalog description noted, "INDIA. 8 Anna Restrike, 1919. Bombay Mint. NGC PL-63. Ex: Sanjay Gandhi." This eight 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 half rupee with this copper-nickel type. It must not have been a success as it was dropped after only two years (1919-20). Likewise, the copper-nickel four annas was abandoned after 1921.
Recorded mintage: 1,400,000 plus proofs.
Catalog reference: KM-520; Mitchiner-2025.
- 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, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.