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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Five rupee coins - XI

5 rupee cag

5 rupee civil aviation

5 rupee thanjavur temple



Friday, May 3, 2013

Five rupee coins - X

5 rupee, C. Subramaniam
5 rupee c subramaniam
Chidambaram Subramaniam was the man who ushered in an era of self sufficiency in food production in india. He was commonly referred to as the “Father of the Green Revolution” after he introduced a new variety of wheat seed that transformed Indian agriculture and helped the country achieve self-sufficiency in grain production. Subramaniam received a degree in physics from Presidency College, University of Madras, and a law degree from Madras Law College. In the early 1940s he was imprisoned by the British authorities, and after India gained independence (1947) he was a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the Indian constitution. Subramaniam was elected to the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament), held various ministerial offices in Madras state and in the national cabinet, served (1990–93) as governor of Maharashtra state, and published a multivolume autobiography, Hand of Destiny (1993). In 1998 he was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.


5 rupee, Platinum jubilee of RBI
5 rupee rbi platinum jubilee
This coin was issued on the occasion of 75 years or platinum jubilee of the reserve bank of India which performs the following functions:

1)Monetary Functions in India: Formulates, implements and monitors the monetary policy – to ensure price stability and optimum flow of credit to productive sectors.
2)Regulatory and supervisory functions in India: Prescribes broad parameters of banking operations within which the country's banking and financial system operates - to maintain public confidence in the system, protect depositors' interest and provide cost-effective banking services to the public.
3)Management of Foreign Exchange in India: Manages the Foreign Exchange - to facilitate external trade and payment and promote orderly development and maintenance of foreign exchange market in India.
4)Issuance of currency in India: Issues and exchanges or destroys unfit currency and coins - to cater the public with adequate quantity of supplies of good quality currency notes and coins. 5)Developmental functions in India: Performs a wide promotional functions to meet national objectives.
6)Other Related Functions: Banker to the Government of India: performs merchant banking function for the central and the state governments; also acts as their banker. 


5 rupee: 60 years of parliament 1952-2012
5 RUPEE 60 YEARS PARLIAMENT

This one is to commemorate 60 years of the Indian parliament , which started in 1952. It has two houses: the upper house or the Rajya Sabha, and the lower house or the Lok Sabha. The members of the lok Sabha elect our prime minister by way of voting, who is then invited by the President to form his own government. There is also an elected speaker for the house. The Lok Sabha has members elected by the common voters, whereas the Rajya Sabha has members who are well known in their own fields and generally have some distinguished achievement. The members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha together are responsible for making new laws as well as making amendments in the existing laws.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

One rupee coins - XII



RBI 1 rupee
1 rupee Rbi platinum jubilee
This one rupee coin was released in 2010 to commemorate the platinum jubilee of the Reserve Bank of India.  Among its other functions, the RBI also distributes coins to the general public. The lion and palm tree on the reverse is symbolic of the RBI.


1 rupee 1982, small
1 rupee 1982 small

Just could not resist putting up this one. Any average collector would be able to tell you that this looks different than the normal 1 rupee circulated coins. In fact, this is probably the rarest circulated coin of republic India, that is if you are not counting the pattern coins in republic India. The large 1 rupee (8gm) was minted till 1982, and the small one rupee was started from 1983. But before the first mass circulated issues in 1983, this one was struck in small quantity as an "experimental issue". There are also many fakes in this item which may be difficult to identify for the uninitiated, but once you see the original item it may be easily identified. The '2' in the date 1982 is slightly different from how it appears on other issues and it has been a cause of several controversies. Rather, the fake coins in this item are tooled forgeries where they tool the '3' in 1983 to make it look like 1982. But that can be easily identified as the lion and the legend on the obverse on this one is significantly larger than the other issues and that leaves lesser space on the border. This creates a distinctive hexagonal shape as can be seen on the coin and that is what it makes this item definitely very unique and the object of desire for every collector!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Variants in Victoria 2 anna


Victoria 2 anna, 1862
Weight: 1.46gm
Silver: 91.7%
Type: A/I




Obverse types:
See the Victoria bust on obverse. See the number of horizontal panels in the dress on the left end of the bust. The number of  panels gives us the type of the bust design

Bust A(4 panels): 
victoria bust a

Bust B(3.5 panels)
victoria bust b 2 anna



Reverse details:

Type I
victoria 2 anna reverse i
Note the curved and wide bud pattern.

Type II
victoria 2 anna reverse ii
Note the tall and narrow bud pattern at 12 o'clock


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Variants in Victoria quarter rupee


Victoria 1/4 rupee, 1862
victoria quarter rupee 1862

Weight: 2.92gm
Silver : 91.7%
Type: A/I



Obverse types:
See the Victoria bust on obverse. See the number of horizontal panels in the dress on the left end of the bust. The number of  panels gives us the type of the bust design



TypeA(4 panels)


Type B(3.75 panels)

Type C(3 panels)





Reverse types:

Look at the bud on reverse at 12 o'clock 

Type I
Note the bud pattern, which is a little curved. B incuse is for Bombay mint

Also look at the line between 1 and 4. The first type has a longer line.


Type II

 Note the flat bud design.

Note the shorter line between 1 and 4



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Variants in Victoria half rupee


Victoria half rupee, 1862
victoria 1862 half rupee
Weight: 5.83gm
Silver: 91.7%
Type: C/II (Wyom's variety)


Obverse Bust details:
See the Victoria bust on obverse. See the number of horizontal panels in the dress on the left end of the bust. The number of  panels gives us the type of the bust design.

Type A(4 panels)

Type B (4.25 panels)


Type C (4.75 panels)




Reverse details: 
See the bud on reverse at 12 o' clock.

Type I
Note the curved design of the bud.


Type II

Note the relatively flat design. The B mark is for Bombay mint.



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Queen Victoria 1862 silvers


Victoria 2 anna, 1862
2 anna victoria 1862
Weight: 1.46gm
Silver: 91.7%
Type: A/I


Victoria quarter rupee, 1862
victoria queen 1/4 rupee 1862
Weight: 2.92gm
Silver : 91.7%
Type: A/I

For details on the Victoria 1/4 rupee variants, click here



Victoria half rupee, 1862
victoria 1862 half rupee
Weight: 5.83gm
Silver: 91.7%
Type: C/II (Wyom's variety)

For details in the varieties in Victoria half rupee, click here


Victoria one rupee, 1862
victoria 1862 1 rupee
Dot variety: 0/4
Reverse type: II

victoria 1862 1 rupee
Weight: 11.66gm
Silver: 91%
obverse: type C(3.5 panels)

For dot variety, look for the number of dots above the 'N' in "ONE RUPEE". You can see zero number of dots there so the 0, and then see the dots below the date which are 4, so the 4. For the obverse and reverse variety see the following:

Note that these are the variants in Victoria one rupee only,  variants in fractions are little different.

Obverse types(One rupee):
See the Victoria bust on obverse. See the number of horizontal panels in the dress on the left end of the bust. The number of  panels gives us the type of the bust design 

Type A (4 panels)

Type B (4.25 panels)

Type C (3.5 panels)

Reverse types:

Type I

Type II

Type III

Type IV


Monday, February 4, 2013

George VI coppers


George VI 1/12 anna, 1939
george vi 1/12 anna 1939
Obverse: George VI, first head
Metal: bronze
Diameter: 17.5mm


George VI 1/12 anna, 1942
george vi 1/12 anna 1942
Obverse: George VI, second head
Metal: bronze
Diameter: 17.5mm


George VI 1/2 pice, 1940
george vi half pice 1940


George VI 1 pice, 1945
1945 1 pice george vi flat crown
variant: flat crown


George VI 1 pice, 1943
george vi 1943 one pice hole high crown
variant: high crown

George VI 1 pice, 1943
george vi one pice 1943 round crown
variant: round crown

The George VI one pice hole coin is a little unique in the British India coinage series. Firstly, of course, there is the hole which makes it stand out among other coins. Secondly, because of the hole there is no space to put the portrait of the king or queen of England. So the crown at the top represents the king and that side becomes the obverse. There are three major crown varieties in this item: the flat crown, round crown and high crown. You may see these three above to distinguish between the three variants.


George VI 1/2 anna, 1941
george vi quarter anna 1941
Metal: bronze
Diameter: 25.4mm
Obverse: George VI, second head


The ruler: King George VI

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

George VI rupee: Nickel


George VI quarter rupee, 1946
george vi 1/4 rupee 1946


George VI half rupee, 1946
george vi half rupee 1946


George VI one rupee, 1947
george vi one rupee 1947

george vi one rupee 1947

Metal: nickel
Obverse: George VI
Reverse: Indian tiger

The ruler: King George VI