India 1835(c) 2 mohurs
This specimen was lot 2279 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $4,370. The catalog description noted, "1835 2 mohurs. Restrike. PR-64 (NGC). Bust of William IV to right, English legends around/lion to left, palm tree behind, English legends and value around. Deep orange gold. Devices sharp and somewhat frosty, fields deeply reflective and showing a few widely scattered hairlines, nearly full wire rims. An early restrike in 'red gold', as opposed to bright yellow gold in which the later restrikes were made. Choice eye appeal, a popular type. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." The numismatics of India is as complicated as that of the German States. Even the supposedly organized issues of the British is confused by a bewildering array of later restrikes, official and unofficial. This type from the Calcutta mint is known restruck in gold, silver and copper. The two mohur denomination seems never to have proceeded beyond the pattern stage.
Recorded mintage: 1,170 originals plus an unknown number of restrikes.
Specification: 23.32 g, .917 fine gold, .687 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 23.39 grams, 32.60 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-1592b, KM 452.2, Pridmore-3.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th 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.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
- Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.