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Proof Coin - 5 Cents, Mauritius, 1878 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14205

Proof 5 Cents, Issued by Mauritius, 1878
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
The British gained control of Mauritius in 1810 at a time when the Spanish dollar was the standard coin. It produced coins based on the dollar from 1820 (both the general colonial 'anchor money' and coins in French, the main language of the inhabitants). On 12 August 1876 an Order in Council established the Indian Rupee as the legal tender of payment and authorised the production of local Mauritius coins as fractions of the Rupee rather than the old dollar. Bronze coins of 1, 2 and 5 cents together with silver coins of 10 and 20 cents were struck from 1877. This non-bronzed proof example of the 5 cent was prepared for the Melbourne Mint exhibit at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition and was re-used for the 1888 Exhibition.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 9.626 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Mauritius
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
DateEra: 1878 AD
Denomination: 5 Cents
Obverse Description: Diademed head of the queen facing left; around, VICTORIA QUEEN
Reverse Description: At centre within a circle of beads, 5; around, MAURITIUS . FIVE CENTS 1878 .
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Mauritius, 1878
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1878
References: KM#9
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006
  2. [Book], Mr William Hocking - Royal Mint, London Operative, Catalogue of the Coins, Tokens, Medals, Dies and Seals in the Museum of the Royal Mint, London, 1906

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