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Coin - 1 Cash, Madras Presidency, India, 1803 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 27327

1 Cash, Issued by, Madras Presidency, India, 1803
Minted by Soho Mint, Birmingham
Statement Of Significance:
The Presidency of Madras placed a large order for copper coins with Matthew Boulton's Soho Mint, Birmingham, England in 1802. The denominations to be struck were 20, 10, 5 and 1 cash. It was cheaper to have such a large order of copper coins, some 35 million pieces, struck on Boulton' steam presses and shipped to India, than to have them struck locally. Local production of copper coins continued through the early 1800s with the local coins circulating side by side with the British strikings. The Soho coins were designed by John Phillip and the dies engraved by Conrad Heinrich Kuchler. By 23 May 1803 almost 18 million 1 cash coins had been shipped from London. In Madras they circulated at 40 cash to the fanam and 42 fanam to the pagoda.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Robert Edwards - Museum of Victoria, 1984
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 11 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 0.61 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british commonwealth coins, british commonwealth and empire coins, 1803 east india company v cash
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: India - Madras
Tertiary Classification: circulating casts
Series: British India
DateEra: 1803 AD
Denomination: 1 Cash
Obverse Description: A lion rampant facing left holding Imperial crown (from the EIC crest); in exergue, 1803.
Reverse Description: The denomination in Persian script; in exergue, 1 CASH.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: East India Company, Madras Presidency, India, 1803
Mint: Soho (Mint), Great Britain, 1803
References: Pridmore 212
  1. [Book], Major Fred Pridmore, The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations, Part 4, India, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1975, 34 & 74 Pages
  2. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006
  3. [Book], Dr Richard Doty - Smithsonian Institute Numismatics, The Soho Mint and the Industrialization of Money, Smithsonian Institution, Cambridge, England, 1998, 325 Pages

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