Four Monarchs ruled over India in the 20th Century, one of them was King George V. He came to the throne in 1910 and died in 1936. During that time there was a World War and people had something else to do than collect coins. We have a nice group of King George V 1/4 Annas dated 1936, the year he died, on offer. Of course 1936 was the year we had three kings, George V, Edward VIII and George VI. These are not easy to find and the coins on offer are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition with original lustre. You have the crowned bust of the Monarch on one side and the denomination and date on the other side. An interesting coin from history
These billon or base metal silver coins were issued between 1458 and 1479. They were made for the independent kingdom in Northern India of Jaunpur Sutltanate. Today this area is known as Uttar Pradesh. It was ruled by Hussain Shah, the last ruler. During his reign he contributed to Hindustani classical music. His army was the biggest in India and he tried to conquer Delhi three times, but was defeated each time. In 1493 the Delhi sultanate re-conquered Jaunpur and Hussain fled to Bengal. They are listed as EWC 928. These 500 year old coins are called Tankas and are base silver or billon. They have inscriptions on both sides and have an interesting history. I think at just £18.00 they are both interesting and reasonably priced.
These 10 and 20 cash coins were struck for the East India Company in Birmingham in 1808. Unfortunately the coins never made it to India; the ship carrying them sunk on the Goodwin Sands and lay undiscovered for almost 200 years. The coins struck were the 10 and the 20 Cash coins. Both denominations are copper and have the arms of the East India Company supported by two lions on one side. The other side has the denomination XX (20) Cash or X (10) Cash and the inscription is in the Arabic. Here we present the X coins, which are in Very Fine, but have seen some edge damage due to their being buried for almost 200 years. Own a piece of British / Indian Treasure coin for far less than you might expect to pay. These are a wonderful conversation piece as well as true treasure coins. Each coin comes with a certificate of authenticity...
India George V 1/12 Anna, 1928. If India goes the way of China, shortly we will be unable to legally export her early coins. In fact, nothing over 100 years old can be taken out of the country today. I have one of the smallest bronze coins struck in India on offer this issue. The 1/12th Anna of King George V dated 1928. They are in Uncirculated condition with a rather regal portrait of the King and in this portrait he is wearing his crown.
During the reign of King George V, many different denominations of coins were issued in India. The 1/12th Anna was the smallest of these denominations. It is a small copper coin and one that would have been used by the poor of the country, therefore to find Uncirculated examples is rather difficult. The coins have the crowned bust of the Monarch on one side and the date and denomination on the other side. These particular coins are dated 1920 and are Uncirculated with full original lustre, but over the past 90 or so years they have toned a little. The smallest Indian coin, an unusual date and top quality, all add up to make these coins rather interesting.
If India goes the way of China, we may one day be unable to legally export her early coins. In fact, nothing over 100 years old can be taken out of the country today. We have one of the smallest bronze coins struck in India on offer this issue. The 1/12th Anna of King George V dated 1921. They are in Uncirculated condition with a rather regal portrait of the King and in this portrait he is wearing his crown. These are not rare coins, on the other hand not expensive coins either, but you try and buy an Uncirculated George V of this country and see how much it is going to cost you…
Of the four Monarchs who ruled over India in the 20th Century, one of the hardest to find in nice copper or bronze coins is the last one, King George VI. Don’t forget he only came to the throne in 1937 and India became Independent in 1948. During that time there was a World War and people had something else to do than collect coins. We have a nice group of King George VI 1/4 Annas on offer. These are the largest of his bronze coins issued. The coins on offer also have the first head on them and this design was only issued for three years, the coins of 1940 are on offer. They are not easy to find, and are in Uncirculated condition with original lustre. You have the crowned bust of the Monarch on one side and the denomination and date on the other side.
We have just two coins in our inventory issued by India during World War II. As many of you know India played an important part during the War and we thought you just might find these interesting. They are King George VI 1/12th Annas which were the smallest coins issued at that time. They are in Uncirculated/Brilliant Uncirculated condition and we believe you would have great difficulty in finding them in such a high grade in India itself.
India issued coins with the portraits of British Monarchs from the reign of King William IV to King George VI. After that India became Independent and no Royals were on their coins from then on in. At the end of King George VI’s reign they issued a square ½ Anna in nickel-brass in 1942 without dots on either side of the Country *India* for the Bombay Mint. From 1942-1945 they issued the coin with the dots either side of India. From 1946-47 they issued this coin in copper-nickel. So the 1942 dots is an important type of coin. The mintage is just under 8 million, but compared to the other dates, it is minuscule. The lowest other dates are between 159 and 437 million! That makes 1942 a very low mintage, very important type coin. We bought a small group of 1942 no dots ½ Anna of 1942 and they are in Choice Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The catalogue only prices them up to Uncirculated condition. We don’t know how good these coins are in India, because we could not find any for sale there… We think these are fantastic coins and who knows what they are really worth. Low mintage, one-year type coin, top condition, King George VI, and a very popular Indian coin. We have guessed at the price, which if will be raised substantially if we are wrong... Get them while you can!
If you are looking for an affordable Indian gold coin then look no further. These tiny ‘fanams’ are just the thing! From Southern India, showing a stylised boar standing right and on the reverse a stylised lion standing right with a crescent above, also referred to as asardula, a popular motif in Indian art, weighing around 0.35 to 0.4 grams with a diameter of around 7mm. Beautiful little gold coins at an affordable price!
In this set of Indonesian coins, you'll find 4 coins, three in aluminium and one in steel. All with portraits of famous Indonesians. The 100 Rupiah Prof. Dr. Herman Johannes, the 200 Rupiah has Dr. Tjiptomangunkusumo, the 500 has Letjen T.B. Simatupang, and the 1000 has Mr. I. Gusti Ketutpudia. As inflation is running high in Indonesia the coins cost more to strike than their face value. Brilliant Uncirculated coins and the first that we have seen all dated 2016 and a rather interesting group of coins.
In the past, we have offered what we have called Bumper Sets of Iran banknotes- all great value. Well, a visitor from the Middle East who we haven’t seen for over 2 years because of the pandemic, arrived with a Bumper Bumper Set of Iranian banknotes and it’s even better value! The set he sold us comprises 13 different notes all in Uncirculated condition. The set ranges from the 100 to the 100,000 rials and includes recent issues where the government is preparing to revalue the currency 10,000 to 1 and call it tomans instead of rials. (P136-7,P140,P143-4, P146,P151-3, P155 and P-New) This is a fabulous set with 13 Crisp Uncirculated notes with many featuring the portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini whose followers toppled the Shah in 1978.
Before Ireland joined the Euro, they used their own coinage. But because the population of Ireland is so low, the mintages of their coins also tended to be rather low. Here we present a Irish pre Euro coin, the 20P in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and you don’t see many this nice. Supplies are of course very limited and these are in bright and beautiful condition.
The last issue, Brilliant Uncirculated Obverse: Irish harp with the country name to the left and the date to the right Reverse: Decorative initial "O" resembling a bird, out of the "Book of Kells" and the denomination below
Because the population of Ireland is so low, the mintages of their coins also tended to be rather low. Here we present an Irish pre-Euro coin, the 10P in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and you don’t see many this nice. Supplies are of course very limited and these are in bright and beautiful condition.
Before Ireland joined the Euro, they used their own coinage. But because the population of Ireland is so low, the mintages of their coins also tended to be rather low. Here we present a Irish pre Euro coin, the 50P in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and you don’t see many this nice. Supplies are of course very limited and these are in bright and beautiful condition.