India 1919(b) 1/2 rupee

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This half rupee was struck at the Bombay mint after World War One. It was never minted in the immense numbers of the George V rupees but it is not rare, being struck steadily 1912-30, 1933-36. This date is common but the prooflike restrikes are rare. A few restrikes are known for Calcutta, which did not strike any half rupees for circulation in 1919. The minting of rupees effectively ceased after 1922.

Recorded mintage: 8,958,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 5.83 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 522.


  • 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.

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