India 1889-B 2 annas
This specimen was lot 2713 in Stephen Album sale 38 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2020), where it sold for $166.60. The catalog description noted, "BRITISH INDIA: Victoria, Empress, 1876-1901, AR 2 annas, 1889-B, PCGS graded MS63." This type was issued at Calcutta and Bombay 1877-1901 in a bewildering array of varieties, including proofs, off-metal strikes and restrikes. The type is the smallest silver denomination. It is distinguished from the type issued 1862-76 by the obverse legend, "VICTORIA EMPRESS" instead of "VICTORIA QUEEN." For 1889, the Bombay product comes with a "B" mintmark and Calcutta is marked with an incuse "C". The mintmarks (or lack of them) varied from year to year.
Recorded mintage: 5,895,000.
Specification: 1.46 g, .917 silver, .043 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-488, S&W-6.398, Prid-542.
- 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.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 38, featuring the Dabestani Collection of Persian Coins, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2020.