India 1919(b) 8 annas

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Ponterio sale 173, lot 1421
India 1919b 8 annas rev Ponterio 173-1421.jpg

This specimen was lot 1421 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $764. The catalog description[1] noted, "INDIA. 8 Anna Restrike, 1919. Bombay Mint. NGC PL-63. Ex: Sanjay Gandhi." This eight annas was struck at the Bombay mint after World War One. A wartime surge in the price of silver prompted the British authorities to replace the silver half rupee with this copper-nickel type. It must not have been a success as it was dropped after only two years (1919-20). Likewise, the copper-nickel four annas was abandoned after 1921.

Recorded mintage: 1,400,000 plus proofs.

Specification: copper-nickel.

Catalog reference: KM-520; Mitchiner-2025.

Source:

  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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