Proof 4 Pice, Issued by, East India Company, Madras Presidency, India, 1824
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

Company arms, a quartered shield (crowned Royal shield in the first quarter of the shield else plain); crest of a helm with lion holding the Imperial Crown; lion supporters, each holding a banner charged with a cross motto below on ribbon, AUSP: REGIS & SEN: ANGLIAE (translation: under the auspices of the king and senate of England); above motto, 1824

Reverse Description

Within an open wreath, 4 / value in Persian / in Persian the date 1240

Edge Description



First of the copper coins struck as fractions of the Madras rupee which had been introduced in 1817. Hocking attributed this issue to Bengal (p.278 Nos. 3531 to 3533). Pridmore notes that he could not trace the Rotal Mint records for their production but does record a letter requesting "about 100 Tons of Copper Coin" for the Presidency of Fort St. George dated May 1824 (p.39).

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