Baldwin's Auctions 70-72 - Post-Sale Highlights Baldwin’s put on a spectacularly diverse event during the Coinex season. Three days of auctions were packed full of interesting collections and single items from around the world and included an afte
copper coins (apparently the 1833 and 1834 coins) until 1844, when it changed over to the standard East India Company design. The new Bombay Presidency silver coins, however, were doomed. In 1835 the Bombay Mint replaced the native style silver coinage with standard East India Company designs. So the only two years in which all denominations were struck were 1834 and 1835. Accordingly this set must have been struck in 1834 to mark the first full series of coins produced by the mint or in 1835 as a way to say good bye to the old. The coins in this exceptional set are: Rupee, Dated 1215 AH and regnal year 46. On the obverse, at the right end of the center panel, is a fleur-de-lis. In the upper left, near the date, is a branch with four leaves. The meaning of these two symbols, no doubt privy marks, is unknown. One theory suggests the lis may refer to Delacombe, on the assumption that the name is French in origin. We know Delacombe engraved the dies for the Half Anna, but Pridmore doesn’t say who engraved the dies for the silver coins. Pr 287; KM 221. Silver proof, PCGS PR67; ½-Rupee, Dated 1215 AH and regnal year 46. Also with a fleur-de-lis at the right end of the center panel, but without the branch near the date. Pr 289; KM 223. Silver proof PCGS PR67+; ¼-Rupee,Dated 1215 AH and regnal year 46. Does not bear the lis or branch privy mark. Pr 291; KM 222. Silver proof PCGS PR67; ½-Anna, Dated 1834 and 1249. Pr 214; KM 251. Copper proof. PCGS PR65BN; ¼-Anna, Dated 1833 and 1249. Large letter variety. Pr 219; KM 232. Copper proof PCGS PR66RB; Pie, Dated 1833 and 1248. Pr 223; KM 261. Copper proof PCGS PR66RB. While Pridmore makes no reference to a ceremony or official occasion when such sets were prepared or presented, he does observe that “the proofs usually occur as complete sets.” This suggests that a certain quantity were prepared for presentation at some time. He makes no mention of sets being cased. The coins have survived in an excellent state of preservation and are evenly matched as to colour and texture. Despite Pridmore’s reference to other set(s) being known or reported to him, the cataloguer has no record of another set having been offered. It is safe to presume this flawless set is of great rarity.
1560 INDIAN COINS. British India. East India Company. Bombay, Gilt-copper Pattern Mohur, 1828 (KM Pn18; Pr 336, gilt). Possibly carried as a pocket piece, the gilding thin on the high points of the lion, thus about extremely fine. the gilding undoubtedly applied subsequent to striking, likely to show how this coin would look as a Mohur,
1609 INDIAN COINS. Republic of India (1949- ), Pattern Set, 1949, by Patrick Brindley, for an entirely new proposed coinage for the new republic, set composed of: 1-Rupee, rev man winnowing wheat,