Puddester, R. P. Medals of British India with Rarity and Valuations. Volume I. Commemorative and Historical Medals from 1750 to 1947. London, 2002. 544 pages, b/w illustrations.
Benefiting from extensive research in the Calcutta and Bombay mints this work charts the medallic history of the British Empire in India and Burma, from the mid-1700s to 1947. It features more than 1200 medals, 500 of which are illustrated, commemorating or acknowledging events, personages, institutions and significant milestones and achievements of the Raj. Many medals of the Princely States are included especially if there is a particular British interest.
Hundreds of new medals were uncovered through the author’s research in the Indian mints and are detailed here for the first time. Medals issued by, and on behalf of, Kings & Queens, Maharajahs, governments, viceroys, durbars, universities, colleges, schools, exhibitions, assoiations and societies, are all described in detail along with the rarity and value of each medal. Far from just a catalogue of medals this work delves into the history of the persons and places found on British India medals and provides background information on the events and happenings depicted.