East India Company 1/48 Rupee

I found this coin at the Market Coin shop in Seattle. I don’t generally collect foreign coins, but this one interested me. It is in almost uncirculated condition for a 200+ year old coin. It was minted in Soho, England, for the British East India Company ruling India.

The obverse shows the East India Company’s coat of arms and motto, “Auspicio Regis et Senatus Angliae” (in English “By Command of the King and Parliament of England”) and “48 to one Rupee” (denomination).

EIC Obverse

The reverse depicts the EIC bale mark. It shows the date of 1794.

EIC Reverse