Indian ½ Rupee counterstamped Victoria

Features

Issuer French Somaliland (Djibouti)
Period Third Republic (1870-1940)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1877-1901
Value ½ Rupee (0.5)
Composition Silver (.916)
Weight 6 g
Diameter 24.5 mm
Thickness 1.2 mm
Shape Round
Technique Counterstamped
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 142810
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 1
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

Crowned head of Queen Victoria facing left counterstamped with "Abd Latif Sane'a al Fiddah : bi Jibuti" in Arabic letters.

Lettering:
VICTORIA EMPRESS

عبد لطيف
صانع الفضَّة
بجيبوتي

Translation:
Abd (al) Latif
Silver Maker
in Djibouti

Engraver: William Wyon

William Wyon RA, was official chief engraver at the Royal Mint from 1828 until his death.

Reverse

Denomination and date surrounded by wreath.

Lettering:
HALF
RUPEE
INDIA

Edge

Milled

Comments

In 1862 French merchants bought Obock, a little harbour on the Red Sea. In 1868, shipowners from Marseille settled in Tadjoura gulf. These territories were then sold to the French government in 1884 and this latter extended its protectorate overall this desertic region which sole advantage of was its strategic position after the Suez Canal being bored. In 1896, Obock, Tadjoura, Damakil and Somali territories became the French Somaliland which capital of is Djibouti. Before WW1, foreign coins were mostly circulating in this territory. Indeed, metropolitan coins were legal tender, but they were too scarce. On November 21st 1885, this obliged Commandant Lagarde to enact an order giving legal tender to Austrian Maria-Theresia Thalers and to British India Rupees and Half Rupees  (in the reign of Victoria).

Here, the counter stamp is engraved over a Victoria 1/2 Rupee.

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