India 1901-C rupee

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from the Stack's Bowers 2020 Collector's Choice sale, lot 73025
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This specimen was lot 73025 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, June 2020), where it sold for $110. The catalog description[1] noted, "INDIA. Rupee, 1901-C. Calcutta Mint. Victoria. NGC MS-63. A lustrous and vibrant example of the type from Victoria's final year of reign." This rupee was struck at the Bombay mint in the final year of Queen Victoria's reign in 1901. An additional 130 million were struck at the Bombay mint. They may be distinguished by a tiny mintmark in the lotus below the date on the reverse. The type was issued beginning in 1877; earlier dates (KM 473, 1862-76) had the obverse legend "VICTORIA QUEEN."

Recorded mintage: 72,017,000 + proofs

Specification: 11.62 g, 0.917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 492; S&W-6.159; Prid-139.


  • 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.
  • [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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