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The Top Most Valuable Pre-Decimal Coins of India

After India got independence in 1947, British Indian coins were used as a frozen currency for trading and common use until India became a republic on 26 January 1950. On 15th August, 1950 the Anna series was introduced and represented as the first coinage of the Republic of India.

These included One Rupee, Half Rupee, Quarter Rupee, Two Anna, One Anna, Half Anna & 1 Pice coins, the King’s Portrait was replaced with Lion Capital of the Ashoka Pillar and these coins are referred to as the anna series or pre-decimal coinage.

Under the anna series,

  • 3 Pies = 1 Pice
  • 4 Pice = 1 Anna
  • 16 Annas = 1 Rupee

We have compiled the list of top most valuable pre-decimal coins of India for you. This list does not contain pre-decimal proof coins even though they are valued higher than circulating coins below.

* Images shown below are Representational Images

1 Two Annas (2 Annas) – 1955 – Bombay Mint

 

Zebu, Value and year Asoka lion pedestalThis is the rarest date of all the pre-decimal coins ever minted. As a rough estimate you can assume the Two Annas – 1955 – Bombay Mint coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around ₹18,900, one in mint state (MS+) condition could be valued as much as ₹1,13,400 at auction.

 

2 One Pice (1/4 Anna) – 1953 – Hyderabad Mint

 

Prancing horse facing left

Asoka lion pedestal

As a rough estimate you can assume the One Pice – 1953 – Hyderabad Mint coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around ₹8,190, one in mint state (MS+) condition could be valued as much as ₹32,760 at auction.

 

3 One Pice (1/4 Anna) – 1955 – Hyderabad Mint

 

Prancing horse facing left

Asoka lion pedestal

As a rough estimate you can assume the One Pice – 1955 – Hyderabad Mint coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around ₹810, one in mint state (MS+) condition could be valued as much as ₹7,370 at auction.

 

4 One Pice (1/4 Anna) – 1954 – Hyderabad Mint

 

Prancing horse facing left

Asoka lion pedestal

As a rough estimate you can assume the One Pice – 1954 – Hyderabad Mint coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around ₹810, one in mint state (MS+) condition could be valued as much as ₹4,090 at auction.

 

5 Half Anna (½ Anna) – 1950 – Calcutta Mint

 

Zebu, Value and Year

Asoka lion pedestal

As a rough estimate you can assume the Half Anna – 1950 – Calcutta Mint coin in average condition will be valued at somewhere around ₹410, one in mint state (MS+) condition could be valued as much as ₹4,090 at auction.

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