Coin - 1 Rupee, Bombay Presidency, India, 1825-1831 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 27260

1 Rupee, Issued by Bombay Presidency, India, 1825-1831
Surat 46 San in the name of Shah Alam with incuse date 1825
Minted by Bombay Mint (with mint name Surat but Bombay privy mark Pridmore type 8)

Note: In this issue the dies were larger than the coin flans with the result that only part of the obverse and reverse legends are found on any coin
Statement Of Significance:
The Surat mint was closed in 1815 but its name was retained at Bombay which had differentiated its product with small privy marks. The privy marks were continued after the closure of the Surat mint and in 1825 the new feature of the AD date incuse on a plaque was introduced. The reason for this was to mark a change in the silver level of the coins. It was discovered in October 1824 that the silver trial plates at Bombay were incorrect as a result of which all silver coins struck there since 1800 contained a tiny fraction too much silver. From 1825 this was remedied. The date 1825 became another frozen date appearing on all silver coins until 1831. The privy mark on this coin was used from 1825 until 1831.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Robert Edwards - Museum of Victoria, 1984
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 19 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.66 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british commonwealth 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: 1825 AD
Denomination: 1 Rupee
Obverse Description: Legend in Persian script, much off flan (full legend translation: The auspicious coin of the Victorious Emperor Shah Alam)
Reverse Description: Julus formula legend in Persian script, much off flan; with 825 of the date 1825 incuse on a plaque (full legend translation: Struck at Surat in the 46th year of his reign of tranquil prosperity)
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: East India Company, Bombay, India, 1825-1831
Mint: Bombay (Mint), India, 1825-1831
References: Pridmore 276
  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, 696 Pages

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