Monday, January 30, 2012

How to identify your British India Coins coins

How to identify your British India Coins coins offers some unique way to identify your coins. This method can be used to identify your British India Coin Collection and to also know the market value of those coins. You have to follow some simple steps. 

Step 1. Confirm that your coin belongs to British India period. Get help from the details provided . 

Step 2. Once you confirmed that the coin is from British India period scroll to the bottom of the country page and follow the view all link. 

Step 3. When you find your coin type, note the catalogue number. Return to the top of the country page and follow the link to display the value of the coin. Values are provided for the most common date of each coin type in 5 condition grades. Remember that specific date coins may be worth much more.

Friday, January 20, 2012

How to grow your British India Coin Collection

One who enters into the world of coin collecting may grab a lot of regular coins from friends, swappers and sellers. Once you get some coins list them and arrange them in a chronological order. You will find a lot of Quarter annas, one annas, King George coins in your collection. You will find that many of the coins are missing from your British India Coin Collection. How can you grow your collection and become the proud owner of a decent British India Coin Pattern. You can increase your collection by buying coins in auctions, buying at collectors shops, swapping, bulk of coins, and so on...Here we discuss some major possibilities by which one can improve your collection.
Get a membership of the nearby numismatic society: This give you enough exposure to collectors around you. You will get chance to exchange coins and buy coins. Most of the numismatic societies conduct weekly auctions. You can buy coins at reasonable prices.
Get involved in coin swapping: swapping is one good way to increase your collection. For common coins the swap is good mode. Most of the regular coins are get listed in swapping sites. Numista is one good example of online swapping site.
Visit Coin vendors regularly: Exchanges and swapping will get you regular and common coins. For getting high value British India Coins especially silver and gold coins you have to shell out money. Vendors sell coins regularly but they get hold of high quality coins rarely. So keep visiting more than one (as much as you can) vendors regularly.
Keep your collection tidy and neat: it is important to keep your collection neat and tidy. Only if you know about your collection you will be able to exchange your doubles and get new coins. Always try to get good coins and push off old coins.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Evalution of British India Coinage in India

The British started their operations in India during early seventeenth century. They have started their operations in Surat and other parts of the country. They have started minting coins from early 17th century but those coins didn’t gain popularity in other parts of the country. So they have adopted and start minting coins of Mughal governors. They have produced equivalents of Mughal coins. This was without any authority from Indian Government. During eighteenth century British started minting coins from Bombay, Madras and Calcutta.
There were three types of coins:
  1. Madras coins of South India Pattern
  2. Bombay Coins of English Pattern
  3. Mughal Pattern Coins
By 1835 British had established their authority throughout India. They need a common pattern for their coins. So They have started minting universal coins. These coins bear the wreath of ESAT INDIA COMPANY. In 1858 Queen Victoria assumed authority of Government of India. In 1862 new series of coins were started minting with burst of the Queen. In 1877 Queen Victoria assumed the title of Empress of India. Some sort of die changes took place to adopt this.
In 1901 Queen Victoria died and King Edward came into power. The English coins also changed. The bald headed Edward coins were issued during 1901 – 1910. After the death of King Edward King George 5 came into power. Coins also changed. During World War I (1914 – 1918) there was an acute shortage of Silver and the British Government issued paper currency in place of silver coins. There were no coins issued in India during the short reign of Edward VIII. King George VI came into power in 1936 and new coins started to circulate. During this period the silver coins become half silver coins. The last coins British India was issued during 1947. By this time the Rupee coins become silver less.