India 1899-C 1/2 rupee

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from the Stack's Bowers 2020 Collector's Choice sale, lot 73028
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 73028 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, June 2020), where it sold for $456. The catalog description[1] noted, "INDIA. 1/2 Rupee, 1899-C. Calcutta Mint. Victoria. PCGS MS-64 Gold Shield. A charming near Gem from the latter years of Victoria, this piece features mostly steel gray central fields along with a delightful golden nature as one approaches the peripheries." 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 not rare but is infrequently seen compared to the silver rupee. It is distinguished from the type issued 1862-76 by the obverse legend, "VICTORIA EMPRESS" instead of "VICTORIA QUEEN."

Recorded mintage: 6,893,000.

Specification: 5.83 g, 0.917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 491; SW-6.240; Prid-282.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The June 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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