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COINS OF INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, NEPAL & BHUTAN
FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE PRESENT


LAST OF THE INDO-GREEK KINGS

Indo-Greek Hermaios, 40-1BC silver DrachmThe Indo-Greek kingdoms descended from Alexander the Greats conquest of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India in 327BC.  Though they were cut-off from Greece for some 300 years, they continued many Greek traditions, including aspects of the Greek religion, language and Greek style coinage.   One of the last of the Indo-Greek kings was Hermaios (Hermaeus).  The exact dates of his reign are unknown, though numismatic sources list it as 40BC to 1BC.  Some Biblical scholars believe that he may be one of the Three Kings from the East who visited Jesus’s birth.   He was defeated by the Kushan ruler Kujala Kadphises, though his coins continued to be struck after his death.   This silver Drachm features the diademed bust of Hermaios on one side and Zeus seated on the other.  
Item HERMAIOS HERMAIOS, 40-1BC, SILVER DRACHM, Sear 7740 VG-F $49.95


BRONZE COIN OF THE KUSHAN EMPIRE Wholesale prices available to dealers

Kushan India, Bronze Tetradrachm of Soter Megas (Vima Takha) 80-105ADThe Kushan Empire covered much what is now Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India from about the first to the third century AD.  They grew wealthy controlling trade centers on the Silk Road and on the Indus River and incorporated elements of the Greek, Roman, Chinese, Persian, Indian and other cultures into their lives.  Their coins incorporate Greek designs and often use a corrupted Greek alphabet in the legends.  We offer a well made bronze Tetradrachms of Kushan king “Soter Megas”.  The title “Soter Megas” means Great Savior.   The coin, which grades VG to Fine, shows the Greek style diademed bust of the king on one side, and the king on horseback on the other.  The king thought of himself as being so great, he did not need to put his actual name on the coin.  Until quite recently however, scholars did not know who really was!  It is now believed that he is Vima Takha who succeeded Kujula Kadphises, ruling from 80AD to 105AD.  He expanded his empire into what is now Pakistan.
Item SOTER KUSHAN BRONZE TETRADRACHM,  SOTER MEGAS 80-105AD  VG-F $9.75

NEWANCIENT KUSHANO-SASSANIAN COPPER COIN

Kushano-Sassanian copper coins, Kobad, circa 330-350ADAfter the split of the Kushan Empire around 230AD, the eastern portion became a vassal state of the Sassanian Empire is known as the Kushano-Sassanians.  It controlled parts of what are now Afghanistan and Pakistan. It remained until about 350AD, when the area was conquered by the White Huns (Hephthalites).  These small, crude copper coins, sometimes called a Drachm or a unit, were minted between about 330 and 350AD. They are some of the last coins of the Kushano-Sassanians. They are modeled after the Sassanian silver Drachm, however are smaller and much cruder.  One side features the bust of the king, the other features a Zoroastrian fire altar. 
Item KUSHAN-SASS KUSHANO-SASSANIAN COPPER, ca.330-350AD G-CRUDE $7.00


SILVER COINS OF THE HABBARID AMIRS OF SIND Wholesale prices available to dealers

Silver Dhamma of the Habbarid Amirs of SindhSind, located in what is now the south-eastern portion of Pakistan, was conquered by the Umayyad empire in 711AD during the reign of  Caliph al-Walid.  The Umayyad conquest was brought about by Sind pirates attacking Arab vessels and imprisoning Muslim widows and orphans. Sind became easternmost province of the vast Umayyad Caliphate which stretched from Spain to India.   By the late 9th Century the Habbarid (Hibari) Dynasty was able assert control over Sind, giving only nominal allegiance to the Caliph.  In 1010AD the Ghaznavids conquered Sind.  The coinage of the Habbarid of Sind (also known as the Amirs of Sindh) consisted of these small (10 to 11mm) silver Dhammas. The coins feature Arabic inscriptions on both sides.
Item SIND-AR SIND SILVER DHAMMA circa 870-1009AD F-VF. $7.00
Item SIND-ARx10 10 of the above SIND SILVER DHAMMAS circa 870-1009AD F-VF. $39.50


BRASS TANKA OF DELHI SULTAN MUHAMMAD III

Delhi Sultans, Forced brass Tanka of Muhammad III 1325-51ADMuhammad III bin Tughluq ruled much of India from 1325 to 1351AD.  He  was a scholar, calligrapher and an innovative monarch.  Unfortunately  he did not always consider the consequences of his innovations. Vast amounts of his treasury was spent trying to expand and consolidate his realm.  This only encouraged numerous revolts throughout his realm. He forcibly moved his entire capital and all its inhabitants from Delhi to a more central location in the Deccan of central India.   Unfortunately there was insufficient water to support the population, and the capital was returned to Delhi two years later, with great suffering and loss of life of the citizens.  About 1330AD he tried to replace the silver Tanka with this brass Tanka, in an effort to boost his treasury.   The brass Tanka has beautiful calligraphy on both sides, with legends to encourage its citizens to accept the debased currency. His unhappy citizens, forced to accept this token coinage, soon started to counterfeit them in vast numbers.  Foreign traders would not accept the brass Tankas  Within a few years he was forced to return to the silver Tanka, redeeming  both real and fake brass Tankas at a great cost to his treasury.  It is reported that a “mountain” of these brass Tankas remained lying outside the sultanate’s treasuries for over a century.  The coins grade Fine to Very Fine with some green patina.   
Item IN-AE-TANK INDIA, MUHAMMAD III 1325-51AD BRASS TANKA, F-VF $9.75


OLD COIN FROM KASHMIRWholesale prices available to dealers

Kashmir copper coin of Fath Shah (1486-1520)This copper 1 Punchashi (also called a Kaserah) was struck by Fath Shah, who was took the throne of Kashmir in 1486. He repeatedly lost and regained the throne over the years through seemingly endless battles and palace intrigues, until he died in 1520.  He paid his mercenaries by allowing them to plunder his capital.   Today Kashmir is still a strife-filled land.  Parts of it are controlled by Pakistan, India and China, who have repeatedly gone to war to try to enforce their claims.
Item KASHMIR KASHMIR COPPER PUNCHASHI FATH SHAH 1486-1520AD FINE $8.00



NEWINEXPENSIVE GOLD COIN FROM COCHIN, INDIA

Gold Fannam from Cochin, India, circa 1600-1850AD, (KM10)Cochin is an ancient trading port located near the southern tip of India.  It traded with the Romans in ancient times. Vasco da Gama set up a trading center in Cochin in 1502.   Over the years control of the region changed hands many times.  These tiny gold fannams were produced in Cochin from the 17th century to the mid 19th century, regardless of who was in control. The coins were popular with the natives as it allowed even the poor to be able to hoard gold. The coins are about 7 to 9mm in diameter and weigh between about .3 and .4 grams.   The design consists of a series of lines and dots.  It is one of the least expensive gold coins available today.
Item IN-COCHIN-10 COCHIN, INDIA GOLD FANNAM (KM10) VF-XF $49.00


TINY GOLD COIN FROM MYSORE   Restocked

Mysore Gold Fannam of Tipu Sultan This tiny gold Fannam was issued by Tipu Sultan who ruled the Indian state of Mysore from 1782 to 1799.  Known as the "Tiger of Mysore", he strongly opposed British attempts to dominate India.  He was one of the first rulers to recognize the independence of the United States.   He was also one of the first to develop effective military rockets, which he used successfully against the British.  The iron-cased Mysorian rockets had a range of up to about 2km. (1 mile).   After a number of victories against the British, Tipu Sultan suffered his first major defeat in 1789 at the hands of British General Charles Cornwallis.  That is the same General Cornwallis that surrendered to the United States in 1781, which effectively granted the United States its independence.  In 1799 the British again attacked Mysore.  Tipu Sultan was killed while defending his capital of Seringapatam.  After his death, the British captured a large number of the Mysorian rockets. They refined and improved the rocket technology, which they used in the Napoleonic Wars and against the United States in the attack on Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.  (Isn't it interesting how historic events entangle themselves?)  The tiny gold coin was struck at the Patan mint.  It is approximately 7mm in diameter and weighs about .35 grams, making it one of the smallest coins in the world.
Item IN-MYS-128 MYSORE GOLD FANNAM, TIPU SULTAN, 1782-1799 KM128 VF-XF $39.50


RARE DUTCH INDIA DUIT DEPICTS KALI

Dutch India - Negapatnam copper Duit (1795) Kali typeThe Dutch took Negapatnam, a port city in south-east India, from the Portuguese in 1658.  It served as the capital of the Dutch East India Companies operations in southeast India from 1690 until it was conquered by the British in 1784. In 1695 the Dutch mint in Negapatnam struck these crude, undated, copper Duits for use in southeast India and Ceylon.  One side has a crude depiction of the Goddess Kali, the Goddess of death, destruction and disease.  The other side has the name of the city in Tamil.  The coin is about 13mm to 14mm in diameter.  Coins of Dutch India are difficult to find.
Item IN-DUTCH-26   DUTCH INDIA - NEGAPATNAM 1 DUIT (1795) KM26 FINE-Crude $30.00


NEWBRITISH EAST INDIA COMPANY COIN OF THE MADRAS PRESIDENCY

Madras, India 1 Cash 1733, KM302This copper 1 Cash coin was struck by the British East India Company from 1730’s to the 1750’s for use in their Madras Presidency.  The Madras Presidency controlled a vast territory encompassing much of south-west India.  The royally chartered but privately owned stock company had its own army and exercised administrative control of the region as well as minting its own coins.  The appointed company official in charge of the region was called a President, hence the name “Presidency”.  These small (8 - 10mm) coins have a simple design, with the East India Company “bale mark” on one side and the date on the other.  Despite the simple design, not much care was taken making the hand-struck coins, and in most examples the last digit of the date is not visible.  Those with a readable date have a catalog value of $115.00.  We have some that are dated 1733, and some without the last digit of the date which we can offer for much less.
Item IN-MADRAS-1733    MADRAS 1 CASH, KM302, DATED 1733, VF $55.00
Item IN-MADRAS-ND    MADRAS 1 CASH, KM302, INCOMPLETE DATE, VF $29.00


NEWOLD HIGH GRADE QUARTER ANNAS OF BRITISH INDIA

India 1/4 Anna 1935 KM512          India 1/4 Anna 1940 KM531
These Uncirculated bronze 1/4 Anna coins were struck while Great Britain controlled India. At the time India had a population almost seven times  larger and an area over 17 times larger than that of the United Kingdom.  The coins depict the British monarch, who had the title King and Emperor of India.  The reverse has denomination and date surrounded by a wreath of leaves.  The 1935 issue depicts King George V.  The 1940 and 1941 issues depict King George VI. All three coins were struck at the Calcutta Mint. The attractive coins seemed to have minimal buying power.  One would buy you a half pound (226 grams) of onions.  Two would get you a cup of hot tea.  All coins are Uncirculated, though may be slightly toned.
Item IN-1/4A-35     INDIA 1/4 ANNA 1935 GEORGE V KM512 UNC. $7.00
Item IN-1/4A-40     INDIA 1/4 ANNA 1940 GEORGE VI KM531 UNC. $6.00
Item IN-1/4A-41     INDIA 1/4 ANNA 1941 GEORGE VI KM531 UNC. $6.00

SCARCE PORTUGUESE INDIA HALF RUPEE

Portuguese Incia 1/2 Rupee 1952Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama first visited India in 1498. Portugal soon became the first European nation to establish colonies in India.  For many years it enjoyed a profitable monopoly on European trade with India.  With the coming of the British and Dutch in the 17th century, Portuguese power declined, until all that was left were three minor outposts on the west coast of India.  In 1961 India forcibly annexed these last remaining outposts. In recent years the coins of Portuguese India have become increasing popular with collectors in India and Portugal, which has sent prices soaring.  This copper-nickel Portuguese India 1952 Half Rupee has the denomination on one side and the arms of Portugal on the other.
Item PORTIN-26 PORTUGUESE INDIA 1/2 RUPEE 1952 KM26 VF $12.00



HUNDIS FROM INDIA

India Hundi Note, 1 RupeeIndia 2 Rupee Hundi Note
The Hundi is a financial instrument developed by the native bankers in India.  It can perform a variety of banking tasks.  Depending on how it is written it may act like a Bill of Exchange, extension of credit, transfer of funds, or a travelers check. The Indian government, seeing a lucrative source of revenue, required all Hundis to be written on a special watermarked government form bearing a tax imprint.  We offer a set of two Hundi notes.  Included is a Hundi bearing a 2 Rupee tax imprint on a mostly blank form that references another document, and a Hundi bearing a 1 Rupee tax imprint that is on a pre-printed form for the Swadeshi Cotton Mills Company Limited. The Hundis are approximately 220mm x 130mm (5.25” x 8.75”) and were issued in the 1970’s. It is an unusual financial instrument that is rarely offered for sale.
Item PM-HUNDI SET OF 2 INDIAN HUNDI NOTES: 1 & 2 RUPEES, CANCELLED $4.50

We have a limited number of following denominations of Hundi Notes as well:
Item PM-HUNDI1.5R INDIA 1 RUPEE 50 NAYE PAISA HUNDI NOTE, 1970's CANCELLED $2.50
Item PM-HUNDI2.5R INDIA  2 RUPEES 50 NAYE PAISA NOTE, 1970's CANCELLED $2.50
Item PM-HUNDISET4 SET OF ALL 4 OF THE ABOVE HUNDI NOTES:  1 RUPEE, 1 RUPEE 50 N.PAISA, 2 RUPEES, 2 RUPEES 50 N.PAISA $7.50



MODERN INDIAN COIN SET INCLUDES ODD SHAPES

India coin set
This set of eleven recent  coins of India includes 6 odd-shaped coins.   Included is the thick 2000 5 Rupee with an unusual security edge to discourage counterfeiting.  The 11-sided 2002 2 Rupee features a map of India.  The 2001 1 Rupee is struck in stainless steel.  The 1999 50 Paisa features the Parliament building and a map of India.  A rhinoceros is featured on the 1994 25 paise. The aluminum 1988 20 Paisa coin is a siven sided coin. The 1988 10 paisa is also struck in stainless steel.  The square 5 Paisa is dated 1993.   The 1971 3 Paisa coin is a six sided coin. The 1976 2 Paisa has scallopped edges.  The 1972 1 Paisa is square.  Because of their low purchasing power and the high cost of production, the lower four denominations are no longer issued and are increasingly difficult to get.  The reverse of the coins features three lions from the ancient Pillar of Asoka, a sandstone pillar from the third century BC.  It is an  interesting set that includes a variety of unusual shapes.  
Item S-IN-11CSET INDIA 11 COIN SET 1 Paisa - 5 Rupees 1971-2002 UNC. $7.00

INDIA CELEBRATES THE COMMONWEALTH GAMESWholesale prices available to dealers

India 2 and 5 Rupees 2010 Commonwealth Games coinsIndia celebrated its hosting of the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi with these commemorative 2 and 5 Rupee coins.  One side features the logo of the Games, the other features the features three lions from the Pillar of Asoka.  The games drew 6,081 athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and dependencies competing in 272 events, making it the largest Commonwealth Games ever.  It was also the most expensive costing over $2 billion, substantially above its original budget of $307 million.  Despite apprehension in the weeks leading up to the game due slow pace in completing the facilities the Games were well received and closed on a positive note
Item IN-GAMES2 INDIA COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2 & 5 RUPEES, 2010 UNC. $6.00


TIGERS ON INDIA BANK COMMEMORATIVESWholesale prices available to dealers

India 2010 1, 2, 5, 10 Rupees 2010 Reserve Bank of India commemorative coin setA tiger standing in front of a palm tree are featured on each of these four coins commemorating the "Platinum Jubilee" (75th anniversary) of the Reserve Bank of India. The design is the seal of the bank, which was based on the gold Mohur coin of the British East India Company.  The bank was founded in 1935 as a privately held institution that acted as the central bank for India.  It was also the central bank for Burma until 1947.   Following India's independence, it was nationalized in 1949 and is now held by the Indian government.  It is the main monetary authority in India, with responsibility for all currency issues, management of foreign exchange, credit and interest rates.  It is the supervisor and lender of last resort of all Indian commercial banks.  Despite these vast powers, the coins it issued to commemorate itself are poorly struck with weak or missing design elements. It makes one wonder just how effective the Bank really is. The four coin set includes the bi-metallic 10 Rupees, nickel-brass 5 Rupees, stainless steel 2 and 1 Rupees dated 2010. The 3 lions from the ancient Pillar of Ashoka is on the obverse.  Together the coins catalog for $16.00, however our price is much less.
Item IN-BANK INDIA 1, 2, 5 & 10 RUPEES 2010 RESERVE BANK OF INDIA KM385-388 UNC-weakly struck $7.50


NEW 2011 COINS FROM INDIA 

India 2011 5 coin set
In 2010 India adopted a new sign for the Rupee   with great fanfare. New coins bearing this symbol were launched in 2011.  This 5 coin set includes the first coins bearing the new Indian Rupee Symbol.  The designs are simple.  One side has the denomination, the other pictures the three lions from the Pillar of Ashoka.  The set includes the 50 Paise, 1, 2, 5 Rupee and bi-metallic 10 Rupee.  All five coins are dated 2011 and are Uncirculated.
Item IN-SET2011 INDIA 2011 5 COIN SET 50 PAISA - 10 RUPEES, UNC. $8.50


INDIA CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL AVIATION

India 5 Rupees 2011 100th Anniversary of Civil AviationIndia issued this 23mm nickel-brass 5 Rupee coin in 1911 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Civil Aviation in India.  The first flight, flown by French pilot Henri Pequet,  carried some 6500 airmail letters a distance of about 13km (8 miles) from Allahabad to Naini on February 18, 1911.  It was one of the first times letters had ever been delivered by airplane in the world.  India is now one of the largest civil aviation markets in the world, with hundreds of flights throught the country.  The coin features a modern jet on one side and the Pillar of Ashoka on the other.
Item IN-AVIATION INDIA 5 RUPEES 2011 100th ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL AVIATION, KM397 UNC. $3.50


60 YEARS OF INDIA'S PARLIAMENT Wholesale prices available to dealers

India 10 Rupees and 5 Rupees, 2012 60th Anniversary of the Parliament of IndiaIndia issued two circulating commemorative coins to honor the 60th anniversary of the first sitting of the Parliament of India:  a 27mm bimetallic 10 Rupees, and a 23mm nickel-brass 5 Rupees.  Both 2012 dated coins have similar designs featuring Parliament House on one side and the Lion capitol of the Pillar of Ashoka on the other. Both coins are Uncirculated, though may be a bit weakly struck.
Item IN-PARLM INDIA 5 RUPEES & 10 RUPEES, 2012 60th ANNIVERSARY OF PARLIAMENT, UNC. $6.00



RECENT INDIAN 5 RUPEES HONOR MINT, POLITICIAN & SWAMI

India 5 Rupees 2012 60th anniversary of Kolkata MintIndia 5 Rupees 2012 Motilal NehruIndia 5 Rupees 150th Anniversary of birth of Swami Vivekanandra
India recently released three circulating 5 Rupee coins.  The 60th Anniversary of the Kolkata (Calcutta) Mint in honored on a 2012 dated 5 Rupees picturing the mint building.  The original mint was founded by the British in 1757 in a building next to the infamous Black Hole in old Fort William.  The present mint, also known as the Alipore Mint, was started in the 1930’s, but did not open until 1952, due to delays caused by World War II.  Motilal Nehru is portrayed on a 2012 dated 5 Rupees commemorating the 150th Anniversary of his birth.  Nehru was an important leader in the Congress Party and is the patriarch of the Nehru-Gandhi family that has dominated Indian politics for decades.  The 150th Anniversary of the birth of Swami Vivekananda commemorated on this undated 5 Rupee bearing his image.  The coin lists his birth and death years: 1862 - 1902.  He is considered a Patriotic Saint in India and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.  He is credited with bringing awareness of Hindu philosophies and Yoga to the Western world and helped revive Hinduism and Indian Nationalism within India.   All three coins 23mm nickel-bronze coins feature the three lions from the ancient Pillar of Asoka on the obverse
Item IN-MINT INDIA 5 RUPEES 2012 KOLKATA MINT, UNC. $3.00
Item IN-NEHRU INDIA 5 RUPEES 2012 MOTILAL NEHRU, UNC. $3.00
Item IN-SWAMI INDIA 5 RUPEES SWAMI VIVEKANANDRA UNC. $3.00



BI-METALLIC 2012 INDIA 10 RUPEE

India bi-metal 10 Rupees coinThis bi-metallic 2012 dated 10 Rupees coin from India was struck at the Noida mint. The mintmark is a dot below the date.  Nodia is short for the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority.  It is a modern planned city located near New Delhi that came into administrative existence in 1976. The obverse features the national emblem of the three lions from the Pillar of Asoka.  The Pillar of Asoka is a sandstone monument from the third century BC.  The reverse of the coin features 10 rays, representing “connectivity and information technology”.  Beneath the rays is the new Rupee symbol and the number 10.  The coin is Uncirculated, but like most modern Indian coins, may not be well struck.
Item IN-10R-12  INDIA 10 RUPEES 2012(N) KM400, UNC. $3.00


INDIA DEPICTS HANGINGS ON KUKA MOVEMENT COIN

Original design for India Kuka Movement commemorative coinIndia 5 Rupees 150th Anniversary of the Kuka movementIndia recently released this 5 Rupee coin to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Kuka movement.  Though the 150th anniversary of the Kuka movement was in 2007, the coin was not released until 2013.  The coin pictures the movement’s founder, Ram Singh.  In the background two of his followers are being hanged, while another is about to be executed by standing in front of the mouth of a cannon.  It is the only coin I know of that depicts hangings.  In 1857 Ram Singh called on his followers to engage in a program of non-violent civil disobedience against the British.  It included a boycott of British schools, defiance of British laws and a boycott of British goods.   In 1871 some Kukas broke with the original goals of the movement and started a rampage of murder and attacks on religious shrines.  The British retaliated by outlawing the movement. Many of the leaders were captured and hanged or blown away with cannons.  Ram Singh was exiled to Burma.   The program of non-violent civil disobedience and boycotts was later adopted by Mahatma Gandhi.  The 23mm nickel-bronze coin features the ancient Pillar of Asoka on the obverse.  The coin is Uncirculated, but like most modern Indian coins, is poorly struck.
Item IN-KUKA INDIA 5 RUPEES 150th ANNIVERSARY OF KUKA MOVEMENT, UNC-weak strike $3.00


NEWINDIA HONORS A JAIN MONK

India 5 Rupees Archarya Tulsi 1914-2013India recently released this circulating commemorative 5 Rupee the centennial of the birth of Acharya Tulsi.  The coin appears to show him with a gag over his mouth.  In reality it is ritual mouth covering used to many Jains to prevent them from accidentally swallowing or harming flying insects and to remind them not to use harsh or violent words in speech.  Tulsi was the founder of the Anuvrata movement, the Jain Vishva Bharti Institute, and the author of over one hundred books. As a Jain monk he was an wandering ascetic, traveling only by foot and living only on what people would offer him. Throughout his life he traveled over 70,000km (44,000 miles) on foot throughout India, preaching as he went.  The coin has the standard 5 Rupee obverse featuring the denomination and the ancient Pillar of Asoka.
Item IN-TULSI INDIA 5 RUPEES ARCHARYA TULSI, 2013 UNC. $3.00


NEWINDIA HONORS COCONUT HUSKS

India 10 Rupees 60th Anniversary of Coir Board 1953-2013India recently issued a bi-metallic 10 Rupee coin commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Coir Board.  The anniversary took place in 2013, but the coin was not released until July 2014.  Coir is the fiber from coconut husks.   It is used in making floor mats, string, rope, upholstry and mattress padding and in horticulture.  India established the Coir Board in 1953 to promote the use of coir fiber and products.   The coin depicts the logo of the board which features a coconut that has been cut open.  Below the coconut are the dates 1953-2013.   The obverse features the denomination and the ancient Pillar of Asoka.  The coin is Uncirculated, but like most modern Indian coins, it tends to be weakly struck.
Item IN-COIR INDIA 10 RUPEES COIR BOARD, 2013 UNC. $5.00


NEWZERO RUPEE ANTI-CORRUPTION NOTE FROM INDIA

Zero Rupee bribe note from IndiaIndia 50 Rupee note, 2009
Bribes, graft and corruption has been is a major issue in India.   Citizens are tired of having to pay bribes to government officials in order for them to do their job.  Recently a number of anti-corruption groups have been rising up throughout the country. One of these groups, called 5th Pillar, issued these Zero Rupee anti-corruption notes.  The front of the note is modeled after the 50 Rupee note, which is often used for small bribes.  The back provides information about the organization and its goals in Hindi and English.  The idea is to embarrass government officials that ask for bribes by giving them one of these anti-corruption notes.  The notes have been distributed throughout India and the program appears to be getting some positive results. It has won international acclaim and is spawning imitators in other nations with a problem with corruption. We offer both the Zero Rupee note and the real 50 Rupee note upon which it was modeled.  Both feature Mahatma Gandhi.
Item PM-IN-ZERO INDIA ZERO RUPEES ANTI-CORRUPTION NOTE, UNC. $2.00
Item PM-IN-ZEROx10  10 of the above INDIA ZERO RUPEE NOTES, UNC. $5.00
Item PM-IN-50R INDIA 50 RUPEES 2009 P97f UNC. $3.00
Item PM-IN-BOTH Both of the above notes, Zero Rupees and 50 Rupees UNC. $4.00



ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS COIN SET  Wholesale prices available to dealers

Andaman and Nicobar Islands 2011 coin set
Native wildlife is featured on this set of seven unofficial 2011 dated coins from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The territory, located in the Indian Ocean, consists of 572 islands, of which just 38 are permanently inhabited. Denmark, Austria and Britain all attempted to colonize the islands. Britain eventually turned it into a penal colony. Japan occupied it in World War II. They are now a Union Territory of India. Over the years the indigenous inhabitants have been almost completely wiped out by disease, land encroachments and punitive military expeditions. Most of the few hundred that remain maintain a steadfast independence, refusing all outside contact. The bi-metallic 20 Rupees pictures a Nautilus. The bi-metallic 10 Rupees depicts a Dugong. An Indian Wild Boar is on the 5 Rupees. A Coconut Crab is shown on the 2 Rupees. The 1 Rupee has a Kuhl’s Flying Gecko. A Stork-billed Kingfisher is on the 50 Paisa and the Anadman clubtail butterfly is on the 25 Paise. The arms of the islands is on the obverse of each coin. Only 10,000 sets were minted.
Item ANDSET ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 7 COIN SET, 2011 UNC. $29.50

INDIVIDUAL COINS FROM THE ABOVE ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR COIN SET:
Item AND20R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 20 RUPEE NAUTILUS BIMETALLIC, 2011 UNC. $12.00
Item AND10R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 10 RUPEE DUGONG BIMETALLIC, 2011 UNC. $10.00
Item AND5R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 5 RUPEE WILD BOAR, 2011 UNC. $5.00
Item AND2R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 2 RUPEE COCONUT CRAB, 2011 UNC. $4.50
Item AND1R ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 1 RUPEE FLYING GECKO, 2011 UNC. $4.00
Item AND50P ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 50 PAISA KINGFISHER, 2011 UNC. $3.00
Item AND25P ANDAMAN & NICOBAR IS. 25 PAISA KINGFISHER, 2011 UNC. $3.00


PAKISTAN COIN SET

Pakistan coin set: 1 Paisa - 2 Rupees
This 8 coin set includes the 2001 2 Rupees picturing a mosque and the 2004 1 Rupee picturing the nations founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.  Also included is the 50 Paisa, 25 Paisa, scalloped 10 Paisa, square 5 Paisa, 2 Paisa and 1 Paisa dating from the late 1960’s to the 1990’s that depict the denomination on one side and the national emblem featuring the crescent moon and star on the other.  All coins are Uncirculated, though they may be poorly toned or poorly struck.
Item S-PK-SET8 PAKISTAN 8 COIN SET 1 PAISA - 2 RUPEES, 1967-2004, UNC. $5.00

PAKISTAN CELEBRATES 1400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE HEJIRAWholesale prices available to dealers

Pakistan 1 Rupee AH1401, AD1981 Hegira commemorativeIn the summer of 622AD, Mohammad, warned of a plot to assassinate him, escaped from Mecca to Medina.  The event, known as the Hejira  (Hijrah, Hegira),  marks the beginning if the Islamic Calendar.  Because the Hejira calendar is based on the moon rather than the sun, the years are about 11 days shorter than the AD calendar.   In 1981 Pakistan issued this circulating commemorative 1 Rupee to commemorate the 1400th Anniversary of the Hejira.  The copper-nickel coin is 26mm in diameter.  One side depicts an Arabic inscription. The moon and a star, a symbol of both Pakistan and Islam, is on the other. 
Item PK-HEJIRA PAKISTAN 1 RUPEE HEJIRA AD1981, AH1401 KM55 UNC. $3.00


NEPAL 4 PAISA WWII GURKHA BULLET COIN 

NEPAL 4 PAISA 1955 GHUKHA BULLET COINThis 1955 Nepal 4 Paisa coin was struck from brass rifle cartridges used by Gurkha troops that fought against the Japanese in Burma and Assam in World War II.  Gurkha soldiers from Nepal have long been noted for their fearless military prowess and have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years.  The cartridges had been stored in a government warehouse.  They were rediscovered by a General who had them turned over to the mint to issue coins to honor the Gurkha’s service in the war.  Because they are struck from used cartridges, the coins are a bit crude.   The center hole was created by the removal of the primer.  They were struck only a single year, due to the limited supply of the cartridges available.
Item NP-4P NEPAL 4 PAISA 1955 KM754 VF $8.00



NEPAL HONORS SIKH HOLY BOOK

Nepal silver 250 Rupees Guru Granth Sahib, 2004AD VS2061Though Nepal was a Hindu kingdom, it issued this silver 250 Rupee coin in 2004 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the compiling of the Sikh holy scriptures.  The scriptures known as the Guru Granth Sahib is a collection of devotional hymns and poetry drawn from Sikh as well as Hindu and Muslim sources. The book is considered to be a “living” Guru (teacher). It was compiled by the fifth Sikh Guru Shri Arjan and first released in 1604.   The scriptures stress meditation, and lays down moral and ethical rules for development of the soul, spiritual salvation and unity with God.  The 32mm silver coin comes in a descriptive card.  One side of the coin depicts the Holy Book and The Khanda – the Sikh emblem.  The other side is the traditional emblem of the Kingdom of Nepal.
Item NP-SIKH NEPAL 250 RUPEES GURU GRANTH SAHIB VS2061=2004AD KM1184 UNC. $45.00




NEPAL HONORS ROTARY CLUBS

Napal 1000 Rupees 2005 100th Anniversary of Rotary International coinNepal issued this 40mm silver 1000 Rupees coin in 2005 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Rotary International. The design features the Rotary International 100th Anniversary Emblem with the inscriptions "A CENTURY OF SERVICE, A NEW CENTURY OF SUCCESS" along with the dates "1905 - 2005", denomination and country name.  The back features the traditional design used on modern Kingdom of Nepal coins. Rotary International is a service club of businessmen and professionals that encourages high ethical standards, builds good will and provides humanitarian services.  It has over 1.2 million members in over 34,000 local clubs worldwide.
Item NP-ROTARY  NEPAL 1000 RUPEES 2005 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, KM1175, UNC. $75.00



NEPAL CELBRATES NEWSPAPER & TELEVISON

Nepal 1 Rupee Gorkhapatra NewspaperNepal 25 Rupees 25th Anniversary of Television
In 2000 Nepal issued a circulating commemorative 1 Rupee commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gorkhapatra Newspaper.  The paper was the first to be established in Nepal. The 20mm brass coin features an inscription within a “wreath” made up of 10 newspaper readers. The obverse is the traditional Kingdom of Nepal emblem featuring various Hindu symbols   In 2010 Nepal issued a copper-nickel 25 Rupees commemorating the 25th anniversary of Nepal Television.  The government owned station was for many years the only television station in the country. The coin features the emblem of Nepal Television on one side.  There other side features Nepali inscriptions.
Item NP-NEWS NEPAL 1 RUPEE NEWSPAPER VS2057-2000AD KM1139 UNC. $2.00
Item NP-TV NEPAL 25 RUPEES 2010 NEPAL TV UNC. $8.00


NEW NEPAL COIN HONORS SCOUTING

Nepal 50 Rupees 2012 Nepal Scouts Diamond JubileeNepal recently released this 2012 dated copper-nickel 50 Rupee coin commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Scouting in Nepal.   One side of the coin depicts the Nepal Scout emblem.  The other side features Baden Powell Scout Peak. The peak, formerly known as Urkema Peak, was renamed by the government of Nepal in 2007 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world Scouting movement.  The peak, part of the Himalayas, stands 19,114 feet (5826m).  
Item NP-SCOUTS NEPAL 50 RUPEES 2012 NEPAL SCOUTS UNC. $8.00

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FIRST COINS OF BHUTAN -  THE SILVER AND COPPER DEB RUPEES

Bhutan silver 1/2 (Deb) Rupee coinBhutan copper 1/2 (Deb) RupeeThe tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is called the “Dragon Kingdom”.  It was established as a priestly monarchy in 1652.  For many years it used coins from the nearby Indian state of Cooch Behar.  It started to strike its own coins about 1790, after the British East India Company closed the Cooch Behar mint.  The undated coins, denominated as Deb (1/2) Rupees, were originally good silver; however by about 1840 the coins became heavily alloyed with copper.  The copper Deb Rupees continued to be struck until about 1910. The Deb Rupee was the only denomination struck by Bhutan until the 20th century. Though the basic design remained unchanged, there are numerous varieties, making a fascinating collecting area.
Item BT-AR BHUTAN SILVER DEB (1/2) RUPEE circa 1790-1840 VF $18.50
Item BT-ARx5 5 of the above BHUTAN SILVER 1/2 RUPEE COINS VF $75.00
Item BT-AE BHUTAN COPPER DEB (1/2) RUPEE circa 1835-1910 VF $5.00
Item BT-AEx10 10 of the above BHUTAN COPPER 1/2 RUPEE COINS VF $40.00


NEWMODERN COINS OF BHUTAN

Bhutan 1 Ngultrum, 25 Chhertum, 5 Chhertum 1979Bhutan is a small, isolated kingdom tucked between Tibet and India.  The nation’s rich Buddhist heritage is reflected in this 3 coin set dated 1979.  The copper-nickel 1 Ngultrum features "the wheel of law" on one side and eight Buddhist symbols on the other.  The aluminum-bronze plated steel 25 Chhertum depicts a pair of “golden fish”.  The bronze 5 Chhertum portrays the first coin of Bhutan, the 19th century Deb Rupee.   It is an attractive set from a difficult to find location.
Item BT-SET3  BHUTAN 3 COIN SET, 1979 UNC. $14.00





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