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Offline Harry

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1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:55:06 PM »
Here is my latest addition to my collection – the 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern.  This is a first pattern in my collection and I have been waiting a very long time to get one.  The dies of this pattern were produced by William Wyon  who was the chief engraver at the British Royal Mint.



After the revolt of 1857 the British Government took over formal control of India from the East India Co. Here is the last 1/2 Pice 1853 produced bearing the worlds  “East India Company.”



In 1861 a full set  (1 Rupee, 1/2 Rupee, 1/4 Rupee, 2 Anna, 1/4 Anna, 1 Pice, 1/12 Anna) of patterns were produced   by the Royal Mint introducing the British Regal Coinage – with Queen Victoria on the obv and may of the design features were kept till the end of the British Raj.     New coins were produced  based on the pattern bearing the date 1862 for general circulation. Here is my 1862 1/2 Pice.



All 3 coins are part of my collection.   
« Last Edit: May 15, 2012, 07:18:44 PM by Harry »
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Re: 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2012, 11:55:57 PM »
Harry
Just amazed at some of the coins you post here - are you going to get those graded? Thanks for sharing it with us!

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Re: 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012, 12:45:13 AM »
The pattern looks amazing! I love the luster on the coin very much! It would be very hard to buy such a coin in the future.
My goal for 2017 is to finish finish my British India copper collection (1/4 anna, 1/2 Pice and 1/12 anna) by year and Mintmark. Any help with missing coins in BU grades is highly appreciated.
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Re: 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012, 03:55:01 AM »
Harry, that pattern is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pics. Have you tried looking at some old catalogs to find its provenance ?

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Re: 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2012, 12:14:29 PM »
Excellent piece of history, Harry. Congratulations!

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Re: 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012, 12:22:51 PM »
Superb coin Harry. Congratulations.

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Re: 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2012, 04:16:16 PM »
That is one beautiful coin. Congratulations on your latest acquisition. This is the coin of the month for me.  :D

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Re: 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2012, 04:22:18 PM »

That is one beautiful coin. Congratulations on your latest acquisition. This is the coin of the month for me.  :D

Its the coin of the year (or maybe decade)  for me! :)

Thanks everyone for your comments. I really like the pattern and it has a very nice proof-like luster that is not captured in the image.   Its been about 4 days since I got it and I'm still quite excited about it.


Pattern aside, I now have an almost complete type set of the BI 1/2 Pice , the one missing from my collection , oddly enough is the most common one George VI 1/2 Pice.
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Re: 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2012, 05:50:39 AM »
Its been about 4 days since I got it and I'm still quite excited about it.
I bought one 1861 1/4 Anna (Roman "I" variety) which was mint cancelled a long long while back and still get excited when I look at it.  ;D

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Re: 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2012, 07:39:47 PM »
I bought one 1861 1/4 Anna (Roman "I" variety) which was mint cancelled a long long while back and still get excited when I look at it.  ;D

Please post pictures ! Would love to see it!!! By the way your pattern (1861 1/2 Anna - with roman "1" variety) was produced in Calcutta, the one with the regular 1 was produced by the British Royal mint. Both are rare.  My 1861 1/2 Pice pattern was produced by the Royal Mint.

I do have some more information about the 1861 pattern.  According to the cataloger of the Diana Collection (Baldwin auction #54, 2008), he estimates that there were around 25 or so 4 piece copper 1861 pattern sets and maybe 10-15 full silver and copper sets.  However, he adds that there are no documentation to back this up and these are only his guesses/estimates.  If he is right that would mean my 1861 pattern and @repindia's coin is one out of maybe 40? Wow! That sounds too good to be true.  Does anyone have this information?

Also on the 1/2 pice topic..... the 1853 1/2 pice East India Co. the first and only year issued by EIC and was produced by the Calcutta mint. Infact the Calcutta mint was the only mint that produced the EIC, Victoria, Edward  and George VI 1/2 Pice coins for circulation, with the exception of 6 million 1862 1/2 pice produced by the Madras mint. Bombay only produced proofs.  Also the 1/2 pice circulated mainly in the former Bengal Presidency area. This information can be found in Pridmore's book on British India Uniform coinage.
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Re: 1861 1/2 Pice Pattern
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2012, 06:29:23 AM »
I do have some more information about the 1861 pattern.  According to the cataloger of the Diana Collection (Baldwin auction #54, 2008), he estimates that there were around 25 or so 4 piece copper 1861 pattern sets and maybe 10-15 full silver and copper sets.  However, he adds that there are no documentation to back this up and these are only his guesses/estimates.  If he is right that would mean my 1861 pattern and @repindia's coin is one out of maybe 40? Wow! That sounds too good to be true.  Does anyone have this information?
This claim might not be true since I must have seen more than 30 or so of these types in the past few years and there might be more offered before I started collecting.