India 1900-C rupee
This specimen was lot 71074 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, February 2020), where it sold for $168. The catalog description noted, "INDIA. Rupee, 1900-C. Calcutta Mint. Victoria. NGC MS-62. A well struck rupee with satiny luster and light gray toning throughout." This rupee was struck at the Calcutta mint in the final years of Queen Victoria's reign. An additional 65 million were struck at the Bombay mint. They may be distinguished by a tiny mintmark in the flower directly above the "ONE" on the reverse. The type was issued beginning in 1877; earlier dates (KM 473, 1862-76) had the obverse legend "VICTORIA QUEEN."
Recorded mintage: 5,291,000 from Calcutta plus 65,237,000 from Bombay.
Specification: 11.66 g, .917 silver, .343 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-492.
- 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.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The February 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.