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Sep 21 2018 16:59 EST

Rare Coin - 1/2 Pice, Bombay Presidency, India, 1813

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1/2 Pice, Issued by Bombay Presidency, India, 1813
Minted by Bombay Mint
Statement Of Significance:
In the 1790’s copper coinage needs for Bombay were supplied from England. By 1802 these coins were becoming scarce and it was decided to copy their design but strike them locally and at reduced weights (as they would make a loss retaining the earlier standard). Authority was granted and production began almost immediately in 1802 and continued as required until 1829; although there was a further English production of copper denominations in 1804 as production of the local coins was “slow, laborious and expensive” (Pridmore p.132).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Eric Wodak – Numismatics, 1983
Dimensions:17 mm (Diameter)
Weight:5.35 g (Weight) 
Primary Classification:COINS
Secondary Classification:India – Bombay
Tertiary Classification:working strikes
Series:British India
DateEra:1813 AD
Denomination:1/2 Pice
Obverse Description:Balemark of the British East India Company; below, 1813
Reverse Description:A pair of balanced scales (partly off flan); between pans the Persian Adil (translation: Just)
Edge Description:Plain
Issued By:East India Company, Bombay Presidency, India, 1813
Mint:Bombay (Mint), India, 1813
References:Pridmore 181
  1. [Book], Major Fred Pridmore, The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations, Part 4, India, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1975
  2. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce – Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 – 1900, 2006

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