INDIA silver jewelry imitation Murshidabad rupee


INDIA, imitation coin, no date (20th century), Obverse: Shah ‘Alam 1202 legend with Latin letters M B C M added in the die, Reverse: Murshidabad year 19, silver, 28mm, 12.59g, jewelery copy of BEIC Bengal rupee, XF

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There is a tradition of jewelers making imitation rupees and mohurs in high fineness metal and approximately correct weight for bullion buyers. Some were used in jewelry, others were just put away for hoarding purposes.

If someone produces a thing that says it’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.