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Proof Coin - 1 Rupee, Mauritius, 1938 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14148

Summary:
Proof 1 Rupee, Issued by Mauritius, 1938
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
George VI acceded to the British throne in December 1936 with his coronation occuring on 12 May 1937. Mauritius was well supplied with coins at this time although there was a call for additional 1/4 rupee pieces in early 1937. The Royal Mint was unwilling to issue coins showing the king wearing a crown until after 12 May so that need was filled by striking additionakl coina of George V with the date 1936. It was 1938 before further coins were needed with 2,000,000 1/4 rupees and 200,000 rupees being struck that year. The Royal Mint, at that time, manufactured special Proof of Record coins for select reference collections. This coin was provided for the National Gallery of Victoria through the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 30 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.668 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974), The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Mauritius
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Proof of Record
DateEra: 1938 AD
Denomination: 1 Rupee
Obverse Description: Crowned head of the King facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; the artist's initials, HP, below neck truncation
Reverse Description: The shield of Mauritius quartered with a lymphad (galley), three palm trees, a key and a star from which a light shines (these last two reflect the motto of the island which does not appear on the coin 'the star and key of the Indian Ocean'); the shield divides the date 1938; around above, MAURITIUS; around below, ONE RUPEE
Edge Description: Security edge
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Mauritius, 1938
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1938
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1937
References: KM#19
68 th.Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint 1937, p.5 & 16
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009

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