India Coins: Type CollectingCopyright © 2008-2013 Ken Polsson
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These pages show the different types of circulating coins produced for use in the British colony of India, and the subsequent independent republic of India. My target audience is not so much the serious numismatist, but more the novice and casual collector.
Coins can be collected in various manners: coins for circulation versus coins for collectors, individual coins versus sets or rolls, circulated coins versus mint state, every date and mint mark versus major types. This Web site presents information to help with assembling a "type" collection of individual circulated India coins.
What is "type" collecting? Type collecting is assembling coins of different designs. A type set generally excludes minor variations that include the same basic design. Examples are date change, and mint marks. Major variations in coin composition (such as a switch from 75% silver to copper-nickel) constitute a type change, but a minor variation (such as a change in number of beads at the rim) do not represent a type change.
Different collectors will have their own opinions of what coins should be included in a type collection. The following is my interpretation of significant year-to-year changes in India circulating coins.
The monetary system of India proceeded as follows:
- 1994 Standard Catalog of World Coins, by Chester L. Krause and Clifford Mishler, 1993.
- 2008 Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000 35th edition, by Colin Bruce, 2007.
- 2008 Standard Catalog of World Coins 2001-date 2nd edition, by Colin Bruce, 2007.
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