Depicting famous Americans/Events from History, (Thomas Jefferson (nickel), Abraham Lincoln (cent), George Washington (quarters), Roosevelt (dimes), they have resisted all attempts to demonetize their smaller denomination coins, notwithstanding the debate, whether their “small “coins should be phased out. (I remember that I was appalled as a coin collector when someone picked out two Abraham Lincoln cents from his wallet at Heathrow Airport and simply threw them on the ground as entirely worthless – notwithstanding the fact that it contained an image of Lincoln).
Given below are images (obverse and reverse) of a half-rupee coin issued by the Government of India in 1950:
This coin is issued by the Mumbai Mint which is indicated by the Mumbai Mint "Diamond" mint mark below the year of issue.
Perhaps the Reserve Bank of India and the Securities Printing and Minting Corporation of India could come up with some plans to save and popularise this denomination, as the US Mint has done for its penny, dime and quarter coins , if not for its value, at least for Collector’s interest.
Posted on 26.03.2014:
I was pleasantly surprised to collect this fifty paise coin during my recent trip to Chennai. This little round coin is fighting hard against all odds for its survival. It is the only paise coin in circulation now. After a gap of one year this denomination has been released in 2013 and is still circulating in places like Chennai, where payments are not being rounded off to the nearest rupee.