INDIA, rupee, 1944, Bombay mint


INDIA, REGAL, 1 rupee, 1944 dot, Bombay mint, Reverse: type “A” – flower at bottom has dot at center, silver, 0.1874 ozT, KM557.1, XF

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The standard alloy of the Regal silver coins had been .917, but during World War II the fineness was reduced to .500 fine.

After the rebellion of 1858 the British government took over the possessions of the British East India Company and ruled India directly. In numismatic terminology, the British Imperial coins are referred to as “Regal.”

South Asia generally is taken to include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Some people would like to include Afghanistan and Burma, but that’s a minority opinion.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.