Portuguese India 1886 1/4 tanga

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from Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 29264
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This specimen was lot 39263 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "INDIA. Portuguese India. 1/4 Tanga (15 Reis), 1886. NGC PROOF-65 RB. The only proof example of the coin submitted to the grading services to date. Unlisted as a proof in both Gomes and Krause, and far more RARE than British Indian coinage, this Portuguese Indian coin is in a class all by itself. Eye-popping glossy red obverse surfaces with impeccable details throughout. Just enough tone on the reverse to knock the coin from full red status, but given its other immaculate traits it hardly matters. A must-have coin for collectors inhabiting this European colonial numismatic niche." This specimen is from a four year type struck for the Portuguese colonies in India. Once extensive, Portuguese dominions had dwindled by the 1800's to the enclaves of Goa, Diu and Damao. Issues up to 1952 were based on the rupee (one rupia = 16 tanga) and struck at the British controlled mints of Bombay and Calcutta. The year 1881 saw the only complete series of silver minted, including the eighth, quarter, half and one rupia. Copper issues included an eighth, quarter (shown here), half and one tanga.

Recorded mintage: 7,242,000 for 1881-86.

Specification: 6.4 g, copper, 25.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-308; Gomes-L1.10.03.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Alberto Gomes and Francisco Antonio Magro, Moedas Portuguesas e do Território Que Hoje é Portugal: Catálogo das Moedas Cunhadas para o Continentes e Ilhas Adjacentes, para os Territórios do Ultramar e Grão-Mestres Portugueses da Ordem de Malta, 6ª Edição, Lisbon: Associação Numismática de Portugal, 2013.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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