½ Rupee / Deb Period III

½ Rupee / Deb (Period III) -  obverse½ Rupee / Deb (Period III) -  reverse



Country Bhutan (Hammered coinage)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1835-1910
Value 1/2 Rupee (0.5)
Currency Rupee (1789-1927)
Composition Copper (copper or brass)
Weight 3.97 g
Diameter 22 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 7
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)


Irregular - often hammered thin


NOTE: dateable to period only !
- Krause wrongly describes all similar coins as 1/2 Rupee (Deb). Deb rupees are only made of silver.
 The correct name for this coin is 'Ma-tam', translated it means 'Red coin' (copper being red).
 'Che-tam' is half the copper coin (weighs about 2.7 grams).
- Example of KM#7.1 (large flan), "Sa" at lower left" (see image)

KM#7.3, Obv: “Sa” at upper right

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
ND (1835-1910)  61% KM#7.1 ("Sa" at lower left)
ND (1835-1910)  29% KM#7.2 ("Sa" at lower left; dots added)
ND (1835-1910)  13% KM#7.3 ("Sa" at upper right)
ND (1835-1910)  13% KM#7.4 (Large "Sa" below 5 pellets)
ND (1835-1910)  4% KM#7.5 (Large "Sa" below swastika)
ND (1835-1910)  5% KM#7.6 (Branch)

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