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Thursday, 21 April 2011

4) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR


 George  V was the son of King Edward VII and was made the King of the United Kingdom and British Dominions  and Emperor of India  from 6th May 1910 to 20 January 1936 upon the passing away of his father. Indian coins were minted with his portrait/effigy from 1911 onwards till the time of his death. 
Coins in India were issued in the of denominations of  one rupee, half rupee , quarter rupee and two annas (all in silver), and 1/12 anna ,half  pice, quarter anna, one anna, two anna and four annas (all in copper) during his reign .

Pig Coins: 
In 1911, on quite a few denominations of coins issued the King was shown wearing a robe with a small elephant on it. Unfortunately, the  trunk of the elephant appeared to be like the snout of a pig and it’s legs were depicted as short and stout due to space constraints on the coin surface. The overall appearance was that of a pig which would have been  offensive to the sensibilities of some religions. These coins termed the “Pig coins” were withheld from circulation and reissued with a proper elephant design.


Coins were issued in the following denominations in silver and copper during his reign:

Silver coins –  Fifteen rupees, one rupee, half rupee, quarter rupee  and two annas.

Copper coins: Four annas, two annas, one anna, ¼ anna(one pice), half pice and 1/12 anna (one pie)


During the period of World War I (1914 to 1918) , for a short duration of time  due to the increase in silver prices,  the half rupee , quarter rupee and  two  annas were replaced by cupro-nickel coins ( eight annas, four annas  and two annas but these  proved to be quite unpopular, as such the silver coins production was started once again , notwithstanding the costs.




Now having read the details of George V's reign above, I am going to ask you a "trick" question. Look closely at the coin given above. It was issued in 1939 , i.e. the year in which one of the most intricate and beautiful rupee coins is said to have been minted. What is wrong with this coin?
Well, the answer is simple. Georve V died in January 1936, whereas this coin is dated 1939 and shows his effigy instead of George VI's portrait. Obviously, this is a counterfeit coin. 


I have shown here a one quarter anna coin from 1934, which is unfortunately the only genuine george V copper coin which I own (as my wife has put a ban on my purchasing any coins from coin dealers).

I am giving below some of the one rupee silver coins issued by the Bombay mint,  which I own:


This is an image of the reverse side of a 1913 one rupee coin issued by Bombay mint.
Notice the dot below the lotus flower at the bottom of the coin, just above the two-lined inside circle.This is indicative of a Bombay mint issue, whereas, a Calcutta mint issue will exhibit no mint mark, a practice which the Calcutta mint follows to the present day.
I am giving below another image which will make the dot mint mark more clearly visible:


One rupee silver coin minted by Bombay mint in 1917, again showing the dot mint mark. Notice that the dot has shifted up slightly here .

A 1918 Rupee issue, again showing the dot mint mark at the normal place.
 Two coins are shown above issued in 1919 and 1920 showing the dot mint mark in the appropriate place.
All these coins mention one rupee in only two languages : English and Persian.

The undernoted one rupee coins issued by Calcutta mint in 1916, 1918, 1919 and 1920 show no mint marks:





Half rupee silver coins minted by Calcutta mint from 1927, 1933 and 1934 similarly have no mint marks:
Same is the case with quarter rupee silver coins minted by the Calcutta mint issued in 1919,1926,1929 and 1934:

All these coins exhibit two languages only : English and Persian.
Gold sovereigns were also minted in the U.K., Australia,Canada and South Africa besides India, from time to time. The gold sovereign is a gold coin with nominal value of one pound sterling, but used as a bullion coin.
Some of these sovereigns (as they are called) were also issued by Bombay mint in 1918 (because Bombay mint was declared as a Branch of London mint and these issues have the Bombay mint mark) . Some other mints which issued these coins were Ottawa (mint mark 'C' ), Melbourne (mint mark 'M'),Perth (mint mark 'P'), Sydney (mint mark 'S') , Pretoria (mint mark 'SA') among others.

One of the coins which is only a representative specimen of such coins issued all over the British Empire, is given below:

Obverse of a sovereign issued in 1930.  The coin has the legend " GEORGIVS V D.G.REG.BRITT:OMN:REX F.D.IND.IMP"surrounding the bust . 

The legend means "George V by the grace of God, King of all the Britons, defender of the Faith, Emperor of India".

The initials of the designer of the obverse side image are on the right hand side of the neck of the bust.
Reverse side of the same coin. The image shows St.George slaying the dragon.The initials of the mint which made it "SA" are on the mound below St.George and the initials of the designer of the reverse side of the coin are below the right side of the mound. This coin was issued in Pretoria mint, South Africa during the lot minted from 1929-1932.

A standard sovereign has the following specifications: Weight-7.99 gms, diameter - 21.8 mm, thickness- 1.52 mm, fineness-22 carat or 91.67%, gold content - 7.32 gms or 0.2354 troy ounces.


In February 2013, A partnership has been forged between the Royal Mint, U.K. and MMTC – PAMP , India to mint the Royal Mint’s gold sovereign commemorative coins in India for the first time in nearly a 100 years. This will give access to the Indian public to purchase genuine versions of the sovereign.  These gold coins will all carry the “I” mint mark. The last time genuine commemorative sovereigns were minted were at the Mumbai mint in 1918, when the Royal mint operated a branch mint in India for a single year during which 1.3 million sovereigns were struck. This is also a boost to the Royal Mint, U.K. which is re-entering the biggest gold market in the World – India.
The design will be the same classic Benedetto Pistrucci “St. George and the design”, the same as featured on the gold sovereigns struck in India in 1918. The coin’s first production run was of 50,000 pieces sold through select outlets. Subsequently, these would be made available pan-India through MMTC – PAMP India’s distribution network and select Banks.

 


Obverse side of a florin (two shillings coin) minted in 1949 in my collection. This coin was issued two years after India gained Independence.The coin shows the Bare head of George VI facing left, with the legend "GEORGIVS VI D.G:BR:OMN:REX" only. In wther words this translates into " George VI, by the grace of God,King of all Britons". Notice that the words "IND:IMP" are no longer there, showing that he is no longer Emperor of India.


Reverse side of the same florin . Notice that the letters "F.D." on the obverse side of Sovereign above have been enlarged to read "FID: DEF:" (Defender of the Faith) and has moved to the reverse side of the coin. The design has a crowned rose with a Thistle above G and Shamrock above R on the left and right and the words "Two shillings" 1949.




The above coin is one of the first one pound coin issues in 1983 in U.K. which replaced the one pound note and bears the legend "D.G.REG.FD" ELIZABETH II (meaning "By the grace of God Defender of the Faith") The words  "OMN REX"( King/Queen of all Britons,) no longer appear on the coin .

19 comments:

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  4. I have 1 copper coin(1917) of george v king emperor
    i want to sell my coin

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  5. hey guys ..i have one george 5 king and one george 6 king emperor coin..waned to sell thode..intrested buyers can contact me on my number. 9871098977..varun asaiya........

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  7. i have a 0.50 coin king george v 1921 and a 0.10 coin king edward v11 1909 what is the price now can any help

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  10. Hi Prabir,
    You can mention the details of your coins in the comments section . If any of the visitors to this blog is interested in buying your coins, they can directly get in touch with you.

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  13. hi i have Victoria 1 rupee silver coins like 1862 -1879-1880-1882-1885-1888-1900-1901
    Edward vii 1903 1904 1905 1906 1910
    George v 1911 1912 1913 1914 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920
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  16. I have one George v king one rupee coin , and i want to sell ..if any one need ,kindly contact on my number 9958080700

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  17. i have one gold 1918 Georgis coin forsale. not sure of value. my number is 91641072678

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  18. oops my number is 9164197267... please call if interester in 1918 george.

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