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1/4 Anna

1/2 Pice

1/12 Anna

King Edward VII died on May 6, 1910 and was followed to the throne by his son King George V, who had his coronation on June 22, 1911. Coins were minted in India with the effigy of King George V from 1911 to 1936. Due to the increase in the price of silver caused by World War I (1914-1918) the silver 1/2 Rupee, 1/4 Rupee and 2 Annas were discontinued and new cupro-nickel coins introduced (8 Annas, 4 Annas, 2 Anna) to join the cupro-nickel 1 Anna coin). These new coins were not popular, though, so the 8 Anna and 4 Anna coins were discontinued shortly after introduction. The 1/4 Rupee and 1/2 Rupee silver coins quickly resumed production.

An interesting story is about the so-called "Pig Rupee". On the 1911 issues of the Rupee, Half Rupee, Quarter Rupee, Two Annas and 1/4 Anna the King is shown wearing a robe with a small elephant on it. This elephant was thought to resemble a pig with the trunk appearing to be a pig snout and the short legs not appearing very elephant-like. This offended the religious sensibilities of many, so most of the Rupees minted for 1911 were withheld from circulation and later melted. The 1912 coins had a redesigned elephant.

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One Rupee (1911-1936)
Y-45     KM-523/524

The Rupee was minted in both Calcutta and Bombay. There is no mint mark for Calcutta. The Bombay issues have a small dot on the reverse under the ornate near the bottom of the coin (see illustration). The first year of issue (1911) has an elephant on the Kings robe that was considered to resemble a pig, thus the variety is known as the "pig rupee" (Type I). This variant is also on the 1/2 Rupee, the 1/4 Rupee, the 2 Annas and the 1/4 Anna coins. The elephant figure was redesigned (Type II) and this design was used on all issues starting in 1912.

1/2 Rupee (1911-1936)
Y-44     KM-521/522

Similar to the Rupee, the 1/2 Rupee has the same variety as the "Pig Rupee" for 1911 (though only from the Calcutta mint ... see Rupee for photos of elephant design) and has the same placement of the dot mint mark for the issues of Bombay. Minting was briefly interrupted when the attempt was made to replace it with the 8 Annas issue in 1919. The coin was issued in 1919 but not in 1920. Minting was resumed in 1921. It was not minted in 1931 and 1932. According to D. Chakravarty's book dies must have been produced for 1932 but not used. He goes on to say that the early 1933 coins were produced by punching a "3" over the "2" and that this is clearly visible on the coins.


Obverse
(Type II)
1912-1936 (KM-522)
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1/4 Rupee (1911-1936)
Y-43     KM-517/518

The 1/4 Rupee also had the "pig" variety in 1911 coin (see Rupee for photos of elephant design). After the 1920 issue it was discontinued and replaced with the 4 Annas. However, after the 4 Annas was dropped the 1/4 Rupee was resumed in 1925.


Obverse
(Type II)
1912-1936 (KM-518)
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8 Annas - Copper-Nickel (1919-1920)
Y-41     KM-520

This coin was introduced in 1919 to replace the silver Half Rupee, because of the increased price of silver. It wasn't very popular, though, and due to this and a large number of counterfeits, it was discontinued in 1920 and withdrawn from circulation (it ceased to be legal tender in October 1924). In 1920 it was produced only at the Bombay mint.


Obverse
1919-1920

Reverse
1919-1920
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4 Annas - Copper-Nickel (1919-1921)
Y-40     KM-519

Like the 8 Annas, this coin was introduced in 1919 to replace its silver equivalent, the 1/4 Rupee. It was discontinued after the 1921 issue. Unlike the 8 Annas, it was not withdrawn from circulation and continued to be legal tender.

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Two Annas - Silver (1911-1917)
Y-42     KM-514/515

The first year of issue 1911 shows the "pig" elephant on the King's robe, like the larger silver coins (see Rupee for photos of elephant design). Equal to 1/8 Rupee, it was discontinued after the 1917 issue, replaced by the Copper-Nickel version. It was produced at both the Calcutta and Bombay mints, no mint mark for Calcutta and a "dot" mint mark under the ornate (lotus flower) at the bottom reverse of the coin for Bombay.


Obverse
(Type II)
1912-1917 (KM-515)
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2 Annas - Copper-Nickel (1918-1936)
Y-39     KM-516

This copper-nickel coin was introduced to replace the silver 2 Annas coin, due to the high cost of silver. Unlike the situation with the higher denomination coins, this coin was not discontinued and was minted through the end of the George V era. It was produced by both the Calcutta mint (no mint mark) and the Bombay mint ("dot" mint mark at the bottom of the reverse).

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1 Anna - Copper-Nickel (1912-1936)
Y-38     KM-513

This copper-nickel coin, similar to the Edward 7 One Anna coin introduced in 1906, was minted only in Bombay 1912-1920, according to the Krause catalog. It had no mint mark during these years. After not being minted for two years 1921-1922 minting was resumed at both mints, with the "dot" mint mark indicating the Bombay mint. The coin was not minted with the dates 1931 or 1932, also.

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1/4 Anna (1911-1936)
Y-37     KM-511/512

The 1/4 Anna also had the "pig" variety in 1911 coin (see Rupee for photos of elephant design).


Obverse
(Type II)
1912-1936 (KM-512)

"Dot" mint mark

Dot just under the
middle of the date
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1/2 Pice (1912-1936)
Y-36     KM-510

 

1930-C Cupro-Nickel variant

For more information go to Cupro-Nickel 1/2 Pice Report.
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1/12 Anna (1912-1936)
Y-35     KM-509

 


"Dot" mint mark

Dot just under the
middle of the date

1926-C Cupro-Nickel variant

 
For more information go to Cupro-Nickel 1/12 Anna Report.
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