India 1919(c) 8 annas
This specimen was lot 2442 in Stephen Album sale 27 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2017), where it sold for $117.50. The catalog description noted, "BRITISH INDIA: George V, 1910-1936, 8 annas, 1919(c). Iridescent toning, especially on obverse, EF to About Unc." 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: 2,980,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 13 g, copper-nickel.
Catalog reference: KM-520.
- 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.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 27, featuring the Dr. Paul Stevens Collection of Indian Coins, Part VI, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2016.