Saturday, August 4, 2007

KING EDWARD VII COINS (1903-1910)



Edward VII (Albert Edward; 9 Nov 1841 - 06 May 1910 ) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King of the Commonwealth Realms, and the Emperor of India. He was the son of Queen Victoria. He reigned from 22 Jan 1901 until his death on 06 May 1910.
When Queen Victoria died on 22 January 1901, the Prince of Wales became king. Then 59, he was the second oldest man to ascend to the throne in British history (the oldest having been William IV), who ascended at age of 64 years.

Full name --Albert Edward
Reign --22 Jan 1901-06 May 1910
Coronation --09 Aug 1902
Predecessor --Victoria
Successor --George V


King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital is amongst the foremost teaching and medical care providing institutions in India. The hospital was founded in Bombay in 1926 as a memorial to the King, who had visited India as Prince of Wales in 1876.

Coins of King Edward VII
The Edward VII series of coins of India are dated 1903-1910. No Gold coins were issued during the reign of Edward VII. There are four silver coins (Rupee, 1/2 Rupee, 1/4 Rupee and 2 Annas) and three copper coins (1/4 Anna, 1/2 Pice and 1/12 Anna). A cupro-nickel 1 Anna coin was introduced in 1906.

Coinage of Queen Victoria had the Queen's bust facing left, following the British practice of making the effigies of successive sovereigns face opposite directions,the coins of Edward showed the king facing right.

On 01 Aug,1906, the copper coins were replace by bronze issues with the same obverse and reverse designs but a thinner plancet due to the rising international prices of copper. The 1906 coins come in both varieties.

Another special feature of the coinage of this period was that,in all the silver coins the inscription was in both English and Persian, compared to Victoria coins that showed only English. In 1 anna cupro-nickel coin, the value was shown in five languages- English, Persian, Hindi, Bengali and Telugu.

The King Edward VII coins are distinct as the head is uncrowned. The apparent explanation is, though Queen Victoria died on 22 January 1901, Edward's coronation was not held till 9 August 1902. The master dies were created before the coronation, so it was not possible to show him wearing the crown. To rectify this, a pattern rupee was designed in 1910. It could not be minted for public use as king Edward died in the same year. To see the coin click hereThe 1 Anna introduced in 1906 does have a portrait of the King wearing his crown.

SILVER COINS OF KING EDWARD VII



One Rupee (1903-1910)
The Rupee was minted in both Calcutta and Bombay. There is no mint mark for Calcutta. The Bombay issues have a small incuse "B" (the 1903 Rupee also has a raised "B" variety). The "B" mint mark can be impossible to see but a "dot" on the stem of the lotus-bud (lower right on reverse) is a more prominent mark. Various traces of the 'B' may be seen, but use 'dot' on the lotus-bud stem to identify the mint.



There is an interesting (and scarce) variety on the reverse of some 1903-C Rupees. The normal configuration of five dots may be missing a dot. The explanation seems to be that the engraver was not familiar with Persian script, so he made a mistake and left out one dot. This was soon rectified, so this rare error exists only on the first year of issue. I happy to be one of the lucky collectors who have this coin.

The 1/2 Rupee was minted in both Calcutta and Bombay.The regular issues started in 1905. There is no mint mark for Calcutta. The Bombay issues have a small incuse "B" (the 1910 1/2 Rupee also has a raised "B" variety).

The 1/4 Rupee and 2 Annas was minted only in Calcutta. There are no variants and no mint marks


1 ANNA


While the 1/12 anna, 1/2 pice, 1/4 anna, 2 annas and the 1/4 rupee coins of Edward were minted at the Calcutta Mint, the 1 anna coin was minted in the Bombay Mint. The 1 Anna coin was minted only in Bombay. Very few coins were issued in the first year (1906).I haven't seen any of them. This copper-nickel coin became very popular. The coins have an incuse "B" mint mark in the crown on the obverse of the coin. It is the only coin in the Edward VII series showing a crowned head. The scalloped edge of the coin has 12 crests, which correspond to its value of 12 pies.

1/4 ANNA


The 1/4 Anna coin was minted only in Calcutta. There are no variants and no mint marks. In 1906 the composition was changed from copper to bronze. Due to increase in the International price of copper. The new bronze coins were thinner.Both versions of the coin were minted in 1906.


1/2 PICE


The 1/2 Pice coin was minted only in Calcutta. There are no variants and no mint marks. In 1906 the composition was changed from copper to bronze. The new bronze coins were thinner. Both versions of the coin were minted in 1906.


1/12 ANNA


The 1/12 Anna coin was minted only in Calcutta. There are no variants and no mint marks. In 1906 the composition was changed from copper to bronze. The new bronze coins were thinner. Both versions of the coin were minted in 1906.


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24 comments:

phil said...

dear sirs

i have found a coin in my collection that is proving hard to trace any facts/history.

its edward VII...front...edward facing right, with crown,"edward VII king and emperor" reverse......1866, hong kong dollar..(same as victoria`s coin.)

i have checked with sotherby`s proofer and still no information. it passes the size, thickness, weight and sound test.....the web is proving to be no use..

can you help

many thanks

phil mccarthy

vinay chumble said...

i need more of this coins pl mail ur detail if u have any vin_chu@rediffmail.com

shahira_malaysia said...

how about my coin?its edward VII..front...edward facing right,with crown,"edward VII king and emperor"
reverse...straits settlement,one dollar 1903.
the coin is from malaysia..but i didn't see that coin in this page..help me..i want to sell that coin..how much should i sold that coin??help me

said...

Hi
I having 10 pc of these coins,
some are rusted, do you have any way to prevent it? i just a newbie and cant find any expert for help.

please mail me while you are free.
green.thistle@gmail.com

many many thanks

Sujata said...
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Sujata said...

The earlier comment was for the 1835 copper coin.It makes me feel great from your web pages that in my collection I have King William IV (1935),Queen Victoria(1901), King Edward VII (1903) and then King George coins though all in copper with small values.
Thank you for this page.
Kind regards
13th March 2009 in India

bhavraj said...

another coin collection can be seen here:
http://kulraj-the-numismatist.blogspot.com/

n said...

Hi,
I am a numismatist collecting indian coins. I have a one rupee coin of king edward minted in year 1901 (calcutta mint) with four dots on the reverse (missing a dot). I know that edward rupees were minted from 1903 onwards but queen victoria died in january 1901. Is it possible that this coin is a pattern predating the 1903 issue. Even my Krause catalog does not list it however it does list a 1901 rupee pattern without picture. Can anyone shed some light on this. u can mail me at n_nb44@yahoo.com

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ajay said...

i have 1/4 anna king edward VII coin. i wana sel it. please contact me at ajay_kr_saha@yahoo.co.in

Rohit Kasle (RK) said...

I have a coin of One Rupee of Edward 7of the year 1901. Is it correct or not?
Pls reply me. I am waiting....

the Neeraj Norms... said...

Dear Sir,

I have a silver rupee coin of edward william dated 1901... How is it possible when your blog says the coins were issues between 1903-1910?

Regards,
Neeraj

vvs said...

now, i have coins like
1) 1903 edward 7 coin 1 rs
2) 1918 george 5 coin 1 rs
3) 1944 george 6 coin 1\4 rs
4) 1889 victoria coin 1 rs
5) muslim coin i dont know what is written on it
i want to sell out this coin at best price,
i have lot of coins collection like edward 7 d. g. britt gold coin, ram seeta laxman big coin etc
i hope u will reply me at vvshirole@gmail.com

Pravin said...

nice information provided i have king edward 1905 rs1 silver coin in imaculate condition. pl send email if interested along with price. email pravin.raiyani@gmail.com

Innovator of Innovators said...

Dear Sir,

I have a silver rupee coin of edward william dated 1901... How is it possible when your blog says the coins were issues between 1903-1910?

Regards,
Neeraj

What is the reply of this question? I also saw such coin. Is it fake or error?

Sujata said...

I like this page giving lots of history to refresh memory

I am the same sujata of:
13th March 2009 in India
March 12, 2009 11:54 AM

If my first comment was posted then why it is that I have to sign in each time
regards
sujata.mukherjee@gmail.com

prashantmw said...

i want to sell edward king and emperor coin of 1 rupee indian 1906..
www.prashantshete@gmail.com...

kyla said...

I have a 1906 EdwardVII 3 coin what is it worth

kyla said...

I have a1906 edward V II 3 coin. Whats its value

Sujata said...

Good to know the value. me too want to know my ancestors 1835 copper coin value but how?

ahnn said...

The coins are very interesting as well as the history. Very much satisfied in reading your post.

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Anirudh Swarnakar said...

respected sir,
my father gave me a coin which says its a '1/2 PICE' INDIA 1909 and at back
'EDWARDVS VII D.G BRITT REX PEACE MAKER'....
your research on blog says 1/2 pice was minted only in calcuutta but in my coin it has tiny markings saying'GERMAN MADE'... and one more thing it doesn't look like bronze my father says its paper ...
i need your help to understand it value and everything...
hope you will reply soon
anirudh

CHANDAN KUMAR LOHAR said...

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