Coins minted from 1862 through 1873 all
have the date 1862.
The legend reads "Victoria Queen" for coins dated 1862 -
It reads "Victoria Empress" for coins dated
The 1/4 Anna was minted through 1901. The
Madras mint only made 1862 coins, while the Bombay mint was
used through 1889. Only the Calcutta mint produced coins from
1890 to 1901. There are two obverse types, similar in that both
have four dress panels.
The 1/4 Anna must have been popular and
well-circulated. There seems to be a lot of coins available
showing considerable wear, though you will see higher grades
offered as well. Krause states that markings are found on some
coins (tiny raised "v" on bottom center of the bust,
tiny incuse "C" on a bead of the inner circle below
the cetner of the date) but I haven't seen much trace of these
markings. There is a photo on the reverse page showing an example
of the incuse "C" mark, though. I have read of other
similar markings, but haven't seen them in my limited experience.
Possibly, only the highest grade coins will show these markings.
Many of the higher grade coins I've seen have been marred with
unattractive carbon spots.
Type A - The front of the dress
has 4 panels. The bottom panel has a single flower just right
of center. It is reported that a small incuse "v"
may appear on the point of the shoulder or a small raised "v"
at the bottom center of the bust. It's also said that some 1875
Bombay coins have an incuse "v" at the right of the
Type B - The front of the dress has 4 panels. The bottom
panel has flowers at the left and the right. A small raised
"v" appears at the center bottom of the bust, according
The details in the floral design of the
dress are different for the two types. E.g., check just to the
right of the lowest dress panel. I cannot independently confirm
the various "v" markings listed above.