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Press Release - 4 September 2013

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The Final Part of a Landmark Collection of Coins of
British India to be sold during Coinex Week.

The concluding part of this prestigious collection will be the second of three significant auctions offered by Baldwin’s as the Official Coinex Auctioneer 2013. The final part of this unique collection will be sold on 25-26 September at the CIPFA Conference Centre, and will feature Circulating Coins of British India, The East India Company Presidencies and The India Native States. This auction will offer buyers a final opportunity to acquire rare and exciting pieces from this highly esteemed collection.

This auction follows on from the extremely successful sale of parts one and two of the collection, which achieved a combined hammer total in excess of £2,000,000. Cultivated over 35 years by a passionate collector and a dedicated numismatist, the most extensive and finest grade of British Indian Coins can be found in this collection, and this closing auction is certain to draw significant international interest.

This auction presents potential buyers with a comprehensive record of Indian currency coins across several centuries. The opening section comprises of a fine selection of Early Indian coins covering the Kushan, Gupta and Post-Medieval periods, with an extensive selection of Mughal Mohurs and Rupees. Continuing through to the 18th and 19th centuries there is a complete run of all dates in the British India series, as well as Bombay Presidency coins from the period 1741-1771, and a significant run of Madras pieces between 1807 and 1808.

Several attractive pieces from the Princely States, with fine examples of Awadh Gold Mohurs and Ashrafi, are available, which are sure to entice some strong bidding. The remarkable and detailed imagery of mermaids, lions, and sea creatures on the Gold Ashrafi pieces as in Lot 1153 will appeal to many collectors.

Lot 1268 (pictured), an AH 1176 Year 4, Monghyr, is one of the most important Gold Mohurs in the series. The noted numismatist, Dr Paul Stevens, has written extensively on the coins of the Bengal Presidency. In his book on the subject he discusses the events surrounding the decision by the Nawab of Bengal, Mir Kasim Ali Khan, to move his capital to Monghyr in 1761. This decision led to a dispute with British forces resulting in the 1763 capture of the Nawab’s newly established fort. The year on this coin, AH 1176, ended on 11 July 1763, only a few months before the British occupation, indicating that this piece was issued by the Nawab during this short period in Monghyr. This is a rare example, and one of the earliest known coins of the Bengal Presidency, in extremely fine condition. The coin carries a pre-sale estimate of £4000 - £6000. Highlights from the British India offering include lot 2362, a William IIII Silver Rupee of 1840, and estimated to sell for £5000-£8000, and lot 2453, a stunning Gold Mohur of 1835 estimated at £5000-£7000.

This final auction promises buyers an un-missable opportunity to purchase items from what is the most complete and high grade collection of Indian coins to come on the market in recent years. Each of the 1400 lots on offer in this final part is of the highest quality and grade available.

The catalogue for this final part of the collection can be found online at The Coinex exhibition is organised by the British Numismatic Trade Association and more information can be found on their website at



748 † Copper Pattern ½-Anna, 1904, on the same size planchets as the 1862-1877 circulating ½-Anna coinage, 31mm (SW 7.153). In NGC holder, graded PF63BN.

Estimate: £20,000-30,000

ex G Hearn collection
ex F Steinberg
ex Kaslove collection, sold to David Fore in private trade for US$30,000
There are only three of these coins known to exist, of which only two are available to private collectors (this and the example in the Jacobs collection), the third is in the Calcutta Museum.
Clearly the mintmaster was thinking “outside of the box” when he decided to strike a few of these. Yes, the Rupee die was available as the obverse, but a fresh reverse die was made to strike this 31mm coin I have seen one of the other coins in an NGC holder, graded PF63, and there is no doubt that the Fore piece here is more attractive. It should really be graded PF65.

1117 † Princely States. Assam, Brajnatha Simha (SE 1739-1740; 1817-1818 AD), Gold Mohur, SK 1739, Assamese legends on both sides, rev lion running to left, 11.40g (KM 271; RB T1). About extremely fine and rare.

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

1366 † Princely States. Gohad, Broad-flan Gold Mohur, 25mm, struck by the local Jat ruler in the name of Shah ‘Alam II, AH 1188 Year 16, mintname Gohad, obv pistol symbol, 10.77g (not in KM but similar to Rupee type C5.1, different pistol design). Good very fine and very rare.

Estimate: £3,000-4,000

1619 † Princely States. Mysore, Tipu Sultan, Silver Double Rupee Patan, AH 1199 Year 3 Extremely fine and superb, toned.

Estimate: £1,500-2,000

2362 † British India. Silver Rupee mule, 1840, obv of William IV, WILLIAM IIII KING, no initial on truncation, rev of Victoria, reverse III, a hint of the 40/35 is visible (SW 1.49a). About very fine, toned.

Estimate: £5,000-8,000

2448 † British India. Silver Rupee, 1939B, obv GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR (SW 9.13). Good extremely fine, rare.

Estimate: £4,000-6,000

2459 † † British India. Gold Mohur, 1841C, obv VICTORIA QUEEN, obverse 2, crosslet “4” in date, rev leaves in the palm do not go under the “A” of “INDIA”, 11.65g (SW 3.11). Mint state.

Estimate: £3,500-4,500


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