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Coin - 1/2 Pice, Bombay Presidency, India, 1804 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 27786

1/2 Pice, Issued by Bombay Presidency, India, 1804
Minted by Soho Mint, Birmingham, England
Statement Of Significance:
The Master and Assay Master of the Bombay Mint wrote on 12 December 1802 "It is not only very Expensive to Coin Copper in this Country, but it is impossible with the present Machinery to do it well. It is harder than Silver or Gold & the Natives work it with less perfection. On this account it is Certainly desirable to have the Copper Money sent hither from England." The Soho Mint in Birmingham was approached to undertake a further production in 1804 to the same weight standard as their 1791 pieces. For the first time Bombay coins bore the arms of the Company. By 1817 these coins had become hard to find in circulation.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 21.2 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 3.04 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: India - Bombay
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: British India
DateEra: 1804 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Pice
Obverse Description: Arms of British East India Company; around above, EAST INDIA COMPANY; below, 1804
Reverse Description: A pair of balanced scales; between pans the Persian Adil (translation: Just); below, the date in Persian numerals 1219
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: East India Company, Bombay Presidency, India, 1804
Mint: Soho (Mint), Great Britain, 1804
References: KM#204
Pridmore 201
  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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