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Modern Asian coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens => Indian subcontinent: Mughal, Princely states and colonial (1526-1947) => Other European Influences => Topic started by: Figleaf on March 10, 2009, 01:17:11 AM

Title: S & T Portuguese India
Post by: Figleaf on March 10, 2009, 01:17:11 AM
This exquisite little coin is a 7-1/2 reis (1/8 tanga) 1845 in the name of Maria II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_II_of_Portugal) of Portugal, Gomes 08.01. Portuguese colonial coins are often weakly struck, s I am quite happy with this clear specimen.

Peter
Title: Re: S & T Portuguese India
Post by: asm on March 10, 2009, 02:53:31 AM
Peter,
It is indeed in an excellent condition. You normally do not get to see such coins.
Amit
Title: Re: S & T Portuguese India
Post by: Rangnath on March 10, 2009, 05:26:47 AM
I can see why you are happy with it Peter. 
I love the denomination! 
Just for the sake of admirering it, I lightened it up. Is that OK with you?
If it does, I'll delete this post.
richie
Title: Re: S & T Portuguese India
Post by: lusomosa on March 10, 2009, 12:30:46 PM
Indeed Peter, it is a very nice coin.  8)

LP
Title: Re: S & T Portuguese India
Post by: Overlord on March 10, 2009, 04:52:05 PM
Very nice indeed  :o
Title: Re: S & T Portuguese India
Post by: Figleaf on March 10, 2009, 09:01:29 PM
Thanks, guys. I presume the Portuguese had the same problems as the British: mint machinery was expensive and not readily available. This would explain the uneven lettering and numbers and the shaky alignments. Cutting the dies by hand in a country with a coin tradition in which alignment was not of great importance and clear letters were less important than a pretty picture and a nice style must have been problematic.

@ Rangnath: the real thing is indeed less dark, I forgot to adjust the pic for that.

Peter
Title: Re: S & T Portuguese India
Post by: lusomosa on March 13, 2009, 08:40:10 PM
You are absolutelly correct Peter.
Machinery was a great problem and the use of it.
Even Stamps were printed with such crudeness that one wonders if the invention of paper had just arrived on the Portuguese possessions by the late 19th century.

LP
Title: Portuguese India.
Post by: BC Numismatics on June 19, 2009, 12:45:39 PM
Peter,
  The Portuguese Indian coin series is an extremely underrated one.

Prior to 1871,the Portuguese issued separate issues of coins for Damao,Diu,& Goa.

The Goan coins turn up occasionally.

Aidan.
Title: Re: S & T Portuguese India
Post by: asm on June 19, 2009, 01:17:00 PM
Aidan,
Depends on where you live. Out here, we regularly see the Diu issues as Diu is but a few hundred kilometers from where I am.
Amit
Title: Re: S & T Portuguese India
Post by: Bimat on June 19, 2009, 03:11:26 PM
I just have one example of Portuguese India coins in my collection-1/2 Tanga dated 1903.But they are difficult to find in good condition..
Title: Re: S & T Portuguese India
Post by: Figleaf on June 21, 2009, 07:29:29 PM
I very seldom see Portuguese (or French) India offered, let alone in a good condition. Yet another reason to go to India  ;). The coins are a strange mixture of European and Asian influences that appeals to me.

Peter