India 1911(c) 2 annas

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24265
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24265 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $528.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V 1911C 2 Annas, Moderately toned UNC, Like all the 1911 Coinage, it is considered a 'type' coin due [to] The difference in the type relates to the elephant on the shoulder of George V, which some said resembled a pig rather than an elephant, giving this issue a unique place in Indian numismatic history. From The Ted Reams Collection." The 1911 issues aroused considerable controversy as the king appears to be wearing a pig on his coronation robe. The 1912 issue was modified to make the animal look more like the intended elephant. The type was the smallest silver coin and was equal to 1/8 rupee; it was superseded by a copper-nickel coin in 1918.

Recorded mintage: 7,724,000 plus 2,462,000 from Bombay plus proofs and restrikes.

Specification: 1.46 g, .917 fine silver, .043 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 516.


  • 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]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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