India 1919(c) 4 annas
This specimen was lot 4153 in Goldberg sale 80 (Los Angeles, June 2014), where it sold for $764. The catalog description noted, "India - British. 4 Annas, 1919 (c). Copper-Nickel. Scalloped octagon. George V. Restrike. NGC graded Proof 66." This four annas was struck at the Calcutta mint after World War One. A wartime surge in the price of silver prompted the British authorities to replace the silver quarter rupee with this copper-nickel type. It must not have been a success as it was dropped after only three years (1919-21). Likewise, the copper-nickel eight annas was abandoned after 1920.
Recorded mintage: 16,832,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 6.5 g, copper-nickel.
Catalog reference: Prid-874; KM-519.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Frank Draskovic and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 80: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.