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Coin - 1/2 Pice, Bombay Presidency, India, 1808 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 46251

1/2 Pice, Issued by Bombay Presidency, India, 1808
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
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 17 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.20 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Bombay Mint, Medal & Coin Makers, India, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: India - Bombay
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: British India
DateEra: 1808 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Pice
Obverse Description: Balemark of the British East India Company; below, 1808
Reverse Description: A pair of balanced scales (partly off flan); between pans the Persian Adil (translation: Just)
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Irregular
Material: Copper
Issued By: East India Company, Bombay Presidency, India, 1808
Mint: Bombay (Mint), India, 1808
References: Pridmore 179
  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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