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

Type Set from British Mandate Palestine

I have collected a type set of coins from the British Mandate of Palestine, which began in 1920 and ended in 1948. The land of the mandate was carved out of Ottoman Syria after WW I. The coins were minted from 1927 to 1948 and feature legends in Arabic, Hebrew and English.

The British administration produced notes and coins for the Palestine Pound, with 1000 mils per pound. The coins were denominated in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 mils.

The 1 and 2 Mils coins were made of bronze.

Palestine 1 Mil

Palestine 2 Mils

The 5, 10 and 20 Mils coins were made of copper and nickel and have a hole in the center. During WW II, these coins were made of bronze. The 20 Mils coin showing the reverse (on the right) is made of bronze and the coin showing the obverse (left) is copper-nickel.

Palestine 5 Mils

Palestine 10 Mils

Palestine 20 Mils

The 50 and 100 Mils coins were made of silver and copper (72% silver).

Palestine 50 Mils

Palestine 100 Mils