INDIA, imitation of a square rupee, (19th c.)


INDIA, imitation coin, no date (19th c.), version of Akbar’s rupee of Urdu Zafar Qirin, date looks like “M,”, square, silver, 20mm, 7.05g, for jewelry, mount marks, aVF

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The Akbar square rupees have been favorites for jewelry in India since they were made in the 16th century. They started making copies almost immediately, soon as they saw them.

If someone produces a thing that says itÂ’s a coin but the country doesn’t exist, or some part of it is non-standard, we tend to call that a “fantasy.” Like a “coin” from Atlantis. Jewelry coins are jewelry bits made to look like coins. That is different from taking real coins and making them into jewelry.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.