India Coinage: 1950 - 1961
under President: Rajendra Prasad
 
Currency:
The Indian rupee (sign: ₹; code: INR) is the official currency of the Republic of India. The rupee is subdivided into 100 paise (singular paisa), though as of 2018, coins of denomination of 100 paise or one rupee is the lowest value coin in use. The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Reserve Bank of India. The Reserve Bank manages currency in India and derives its role in currency management on the basis of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. The rupee is named after the silver coin, rupiya, first issued by Sultan Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century and later continued by the Mughal Empire.
Mint Marks:
B - Mumbai (Bombay), proof issues only (1969 until 1995)
(B) - Mumbai (Bombay), diamond
C – Ottawa (1985 25 Paise; 1988 10, 25 & 50 Paise)
(C) – Kolkata (Calcutta) no mint mark
H - Birmingham (1985 Rupee only)
(H) - Hyderabad, star (introduced from 1963)
(Hd) - Hyderabad, diamond split vertically (1953-1960)
(Hy) - Hyderabad, incuse dot in diamond (1960-1968)
(K) - Kremnica, Slovakia, MK in circle
(L) – British Royal Mint, Llantrisant (1985 rupee only), diamond below first date digit(Ld) – British Royal Mint
Llantrisant, tower, looks like a bridge
M - Mumbai (Bombay), proof only starting 1996
(M) - Mexico City, M beneath O
(N) - Noida, dot
(P) - Pretoria, M in oval
(R) – Moscow, MMD in oval
(T) - Taegu (Korea), star below first or last date (1997 and 1998 2 Rupees only)

From 1950 through 1964 the Republic of India proof coins carry the regular diamond mint mark and can be distinguished from circulation issues only by their proof-like finish. From 1969 proofs carry the capital “B” mint mark. Some Bombay issues after 1969 have a “proof-like” appearance although bearing the diamond mint mark of circulation issues. Beginning in 1972 proofs of the larger denominations - 10, 20 and 100 rupees -were partly frosted on their main features, including numerals. From 1975 all proofs were similarly frosted, from the 1 paisa to 100 rupees. Proof-like issues are often erroneously offered as proofs.

 
Currency: Rupee = 16 Annas = 64 Pice.
1950
India's first coins after independence were issued in 1950 in 1 pice, ​1⁄2, one and two annas, ​1⁄4, ​1⁄2 and one-rupee denominations. The sizes and composition were the same as the final regal issues, except for the one-pice (which was bronze, but not holed).
 

KM#1.2 Pice. Year: 1950. Weight: 3.80 g [3.80g]. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 21.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Calcutta (No mintmark below Date).

Type2: 1.60 mm thick, 1.00 mm edge rim.

Obverse: Star at the top. Horse running left in the center. "ONE PICE" written at the left side clockwise. "एक पैसा" (ek paisa) written at the right side clockwise. Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form outside the center circle. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 14,000,000. Mintage Years: 1950 (B), 1950 (B) Proof and 1950 (C).

Note: KM#1.1 type has 1.60 mm thick, 0.30 mm edge rim. Only produced at 1950 (B). Mintage: 32,080,000.

KM#2.1 Half Anna (2 Pice). Year: 1950. Weight: 2.85 g [2.85g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 19.50 mm; square. Thickness: 1.45 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type1: Small Date.

Obverse: Zebu standing, facing left in the center. "HALF ANNA" written at the left side clockwise. "आधा आना" (aadha aana) written at the right side clockwise. Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular within the center circle. Star at the bottom within the center circle. Mintage: 26,076,000. Mintage Years: 1950 (B), 1950 (B) Proof and 1950 (C).

KM#3.1 One Anna (4 Pice). Year: 1950. Weight: 3.80 g [3.80g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 21.00 mm; Scalloped (12 notches). Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type1: Small Date.

Obverse: Zebu standing, facing left in the center. "ONE ANNA" written at the left side clockwise. "एक आना" (ek aana) written at the right side clockwise. Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 9,944,000 + N/A Proof. Mintage Years: One year type.

KM#4.1 Two Annas. Year: 1950. Weight: 5.78 g [5.78g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 25.40 mm; Square. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type1: Small Date.

Obverse: Zebu standing, facing left in the center. "TWO ANNAS" written at the left side clockwise. "दो आना" (do aana) written at the right side clockwise. Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. All within the center circle. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. All within the center circle. Mintage: 7,536,000. Mintage Years: 1950 (B) and 1950 (B) Proof.

Note: Proof coin has one star in each corner (total four stars) on Ashoka Lion Capitol side.

KM#5.1 1/4 Rupee (4 Annas). Year: 1950. Weight: 2.73 g [2.73g]. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 19.00 mm. Thickness: 1.53 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type1: Small Date; Large Lion.

Obverse: "चार आना" (chaar aana) written in Devnagari at the top. "1/4" written in the center with Grain sprigs on both side. "RUPEE" written below "1/4". Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 7,650,000. Mintage Years: 1950 (B), 1950 (B) Proof, 1950 (C), 1951 (B) and 1951 (C).

KM#6.1 1/2 Rupee (8 Annas). Year: 1950. Weight: 5.78 g [5.78g]. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 24.00 mm. Thickness: 1.75 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type1: Small Date; Large Lion.

Obverse: "आधा रुपया" (aadha rupaya) written in Devnagari at the top. "1/2" written in the center with Grain sprigs on both side. "RUPEE" written below "1/2". Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 12,352,000. Mintage Years: 1950 (B), 1950 (B) Proof, 1950 (C) and 1951 (B).

KM#7.1 Rupee. Year: 1950. Weight: 11.70 g [11.70g]. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 27.90 mm. Thickness: 2.65 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type1: Small Date; Large Lion.

Obverse: "एक रुपया" (ek rupaya) written in Devnagari at the top. "1" written in the center with Grain sprigs on both side. "RUPEE" written below "1". Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 19,412,000. Mintage Years: 1950 (B) and 1950 (B) Proof.
 
1951
 

KM#1.3 Pice. Year: 1951. Weight: 2.95 g [2.95g]. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 21.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type3: 1.20 mm thick, 0.80 mm edge rim.

Obverse: Star at the top. Horse running left in the center. "ONE PICE" written at the left side clockwise. "एक पैसा" (ek paisa) written at the right side clockwise. Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form outside the center circle. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 104,626,000. Mintage Years: 1951 (B) and 1951 (C).

Same as above KM#5.1 1/4 Rupee, but...

Year: 1951. Weight: 2.73 g [2.73g]. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date). Mintage: 41,439,000.

Type1: Small Date; Large Lion.

Same as above KM#5.1 1/4 Rupee, but...

Year: 1951. Weight: 2.73 g [2.73g]. Mint: Calcutta (No mintmark below Date). Mintage: 13,500,000.

Type1: Small Date; Large Lion.

 
1952
 

KM#1.4 Pice. Year: 1952. Weight: 2.95 g [2.95g]. Metal: Bronze. Diameter: 21.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type4: Larger date, 2.00 mm thick, 0.80 mm edge rim.

Obverse: Star at the top. Horse running left in the center. "ONE PICE" written at the left side clockwise. "एक पैसा" (ek paisa) written at the right side clockwise. Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form outside the center circle. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 213,830,000. Mintage Years: 1952 (B), 1953 (C), 1953 (B), 1953 (Hd), 1954 (B), 1954 (B) Proof, 1954 (C), 1954 (Hd), 1955 (Hd) and 1955 (B).
 
1953
 

Same as above KM#1.4 Pice, but...

Year: 1953. Weight: 2.95 g [2.95g]. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date). Mintage: 242,358,000.

Type4: Larger date, 2.00 mm thick, 0.80 mm edge rim.

Same as above KM#1.4 Pice, but...

Year: 1953. Weight: 2.95 g [2.95g]. Mint: Calcutta (No mintmark below Date). Mintage: 111,000,000.

Type4: Larger date, 2.00 mm thick, 0.80 mm edge rim.

 
1954
 

Same as above KM#1.4 Pice, but...

Year: 1954. Weight: 2.95 g [2.95g]. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date). Mintage: 136,758,000.

Type4: Larger date, 2.00 mm thick, 0.80 mm edge rim.

KM#2.2 Half Anna (2 Pice). Year: 1954. Weight: 2.85 g [2.85g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 19.50 mm; square. Thickness: 1.45 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type2: Large Date.

Obverse: Zebu standing, facing left in the center. "HALF ANNA" written at the left side clockwise. "आधा आना" (aadha aana) written at the right side clockwise. Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular within the center circle. Star at the bottom within the center circle. Mintage: 14,000,000. Mintage Years: 1954 (B), 1954 (B) Proof, 1954 (C) and 1955 (B).

KM#3.2 One Anna (4 Pice). Year: 1954. Weight: 3.80 g [3.80g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 21.00 mm; Scalloped (12 notches). Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type2: Large Date.

Obverse: Zebu standing, facing left in the center. "ONE ANNA" written at the left side clockwise. "एक आना" (ek aana) written at the right side clockwise. Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 20,388,000 + N/A Proof. Mintage Years: One year type.

KM#4.2 Two Annas. Year: 1954. Weight: 5.78 g [5.78g]. Metal: Copper-Nickel. Diameter: 25.40 mm; Square. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type2: Large Date.

Obverse: Zebu standing, facing left in the center. "TWO ANNAS" written at the left side clockwise. "दो आना" (do aana) written at the right side clockwise. Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. All within the center circle. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. All within the center circle. Mintage: 10,548,000 + N/A Proof. Mintage Years: 1954 (B), 1954 (B) Proof and 1955 (B).

KM#5.2 1/4 Rupee (4 Annas). Year: 1954. Weight: 2.73 g [2.73g]. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 19.00 mm. Thickness: 1.53 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Calcutta (No mintmark below Date).

Type2: Large Date; Large Lion.

Obverse: "चार आना" (chaar aana) written in Devnagari at the top. "1/4" written in the center with Grain sprigs on both side. "RUPEE" written below "1/4". Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 58,300,000. Mintage Years: 1954 (B) Proof, 1954 (C) and 1955 (B).

KM#5.3 1/4 Rupee (4 Annas). Year: 1954. Weight: 2.73 g [2.73g]. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 19.00 mm. Thickness: 1.53 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Calcutta (No mintmark below Date).

Type3: Large Date; Small Lion.

Obverse: "चार आना" (chaar aana) written in Devnagari at the top. "1/4" written in the center with Grain sprigs on both side. "RUPEE" written below "1/4". Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. Mintage: N/A (mintage include Calcutta 1954 Type 2 issue as mentioned above). Mintage Years: 1954 (C), 1955 (C) and 1956 (C).

KM#6.2 1/2 Rupee (8 Annas). Year: 1954. Weight: 5.78 g [5.78g]. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 24.00 mm. Thickness: 1.75 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Calcutta (No mintmark below Date).

Type2: Large Date; Large Lion.

Obverse: "आधा रुपया" (aadha rupaya) written in Devnagari at the top. "1/2" written in the center with Grain sprigs on both side. "RUPEE" written below "1/2". Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 36,300,000. Mintage Years: 1954 (B) Proof, 1954 (C) and 1955 (B).

KM#7.2 Rupee. Year: 1954. Weight: 11.70 g [11.70g]. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 27.90 mm. Thickness: 2.65 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date).

Type2: Large Date; Large Lion.

Obverse: "एक रुपया" (ek rupaya) written in Devnagari at the top. "1" written in the center with Grain sprigs on both side. "RUPEE" written below "1". Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. Mintage: N/A (mintage include Bombay 1950 issue as mentioned above. Mintage Years: 1954 (B) and 1954 (B) Proof.
 
1955
 

Same as above KM#1.4 Pice, but...

Year: 1955. Weight: 2.95 g [2.95g]. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date). Mintage: N/A (included in 1954 mintage).

Type4: Larger date, 2.00 mm thick, 0.80 mm edge rim.

Same as above KM#2.2 Half Anna, but...

Year: 1955. Weight: 2.85 g [2.85g]. Mint: Bombay (Diamond mintmark below Date). Mintage: 22,488,000. 

Type2: Larger Date

Same as above KM#5.3 1/4 Rupee, but...

Year: 1955. Weight: 2.73 g [2.73g]. Mint: Calcutta (No mintmark below Date). Mintage: 28,900,000.

Type3: Large Date; Small Lion.

 
1956
 

Same as above KM#5.3 1/4 Rupee, but...

Year: 1956. Weight: 2.73 g [2.73g]. Mint: Calcutta (No mintmark below Date). Mintage: 22,000,000.

Type3: Large Date; Small Lion.

KM#6.3 1/2 Rupee (8 Annas). Year: 1956. Weight: 5.78 g [5.78g]. Metal: Nickel. Diameter: 24.00 mm. Thickness: 1.75 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Medal. Mint: Calcutta (No mintmark below Date).

Type3: Large Date; Small Lion.

Obverse: "आधा रुपया" (aadha rupaya) written in Devnagari at the top. "1/2" written in the center with Grain sprigs on both side. "RUPEE" written below "1/2". Date at the bottom with mintmark below it. Reverse: Ashoka Lion Capitol in the center circle with curved line on both sides. "GOVERNMENT·OF·INDIA" written in circular form around the Ashoka Lion Capitol. Star at the bottom. Mintage: 24,900,000. Mintage Years: One year type.
 
Currency: Rupee = 100 Paise.
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