India 1912(c) 1/12 anna
This twelfth anna was struck at the Calcutta mint before World War One. The type was struck 1912-36 and is common in all grades but still makes a handsome coin in nice condition. The Bombay mint also struck this type but only in 1924-28 and 1936. A twelfth anna was 1/192 of a rupee. This specimen was part of lot 21047 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), which sold for $3,760. The catalog description noted, "INDIA. George V. Seven Piece Restrike Proof Set, 1912. NGC PROOF-63 to 66. KM-508, 510, 512, 515, 518, 522, 524. RARE AS A SET. Any one of these coins alone would be a prized addition to a collection of British India, to locate a seven coin set in this quality is an extraordinary opportunity. Much like the Victoria set also offered in this sale, the coins seen here are nicely matched and within a narrow grade range. Two of the three copper issues are full RED with only the 1/12 Anna receiving the RED BROWN designation, though it too is far and away mostly red. The silver pieces are lightly toned on the obverse with darker toning loaded with color on the reverses. Grades from smallest to largest denomination are as follows: PROOF-64 RB, PROOF-64 RD, PROOF-63 RD, PROOF-65, PROOF-66, PROOF-64 and PROOF-65. A set worthy of serious consideration, and sure to attract much interest."
Recorded mintage: 25,938,000.
Specification: 1.6 g, bronze, plain edge, 17.4 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 509.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.