This web site is undergoing a major revision. Until now only
the coins of Victoria have been covered. Now the coins of
all four monarchs will be covered, as well as possible.
I have no plans to cover East India Company at this time. The
current site has been reorganized to reflect this change and
content will be added for the other three monarchs as time and
availability of coins allows.
Currently, only the original pages covering the coins of Victoria
are practically complete. My reference collection does not cover
the other three monarchs as well as Victoria, but I'll be looking
for coins to fill in the gaps in my collection for the other
three monarchs to provide photographs of all the main features
of these coins. Edward VII and George V are already in pretty
good shape, though there are some obvious omissions. As coins
are obtained, the gaps will be filled in. For rare variations,
line drawings may be substituted. George VI appears to be the
most challenging of the new monarchs, so that section will be
the last one attempted.
By providing descriptive material and high resolution photographs
of the features of these coins I hope to make it easy for collectors
and dealers to accurately identify the coins of British India,
some of the most beautiful and interesting coins minted in modern
history. Hopefully, this will also demonstrate the joys of collecting
British India and make collecting more popular.
I have attempted to provide a complete
checklist of coins in each series of Victoria,
excluding odd coins such as proofs and restrikes, and I will
probably add similar checklists for the other monarchs. My main
reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins by Chester
L. Krause and Clifford Mishler (several editions). I have recently
added the 3rd edition plus the 20th Century edition, so some
updates will be made.
I don't anticipate covering gold coins.
I will attempt to describe all the major variations of these
coins and list a few peculiarities. Of course, I won't be nearly
as comprehensive as F. Pridmore in his remarkable book on the
coins of India, but hopefully I will cover all the details of
interest to the normal collector of these coins.
-- Franklin Campbell, 16-September-2004