4 Anna - Mir Usman Ali Khan

4 Anna - Mir Usman Ali Khan - obverse4 Anna - Mir Usman Ali Khan - reverse

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Issuer Princely state of Hyderabad (Indian princely states)
Ruling authority Mir Osman Ali Khan (1911-1948)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1362-1365 (1943-1946)
Calendar Islamic (Hijri)
Value 4 Anna (¼)
Currency Rupee (1762-1950)
Composition Silver (.818)
Weight 2.794 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness 1.20 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 1959
Number N# 16618
References Y# 61
Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins : 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, United States.
And 1 more volumes.


CharMinar (FourMinarets) gateway Legend in Urdu :92 Asaf Jah (top), bahadur (left) Nizam Al-Mulk (right). 'Ain' (Urdu alphabet for "O", initial of "Osman" in the doorway). AH date below gateway


92 (numerical representation of the word 'Muhammad')
Asaf Jah, brave ruler of the realm (AH) 1362


Inside circle, value in numerals
Outside circle, legend in Urdu:"33 Julus Maimanat Manus Zarb Farkhanda Bunyad - Hyderabad"


4 (annas)
Struck at Farkhanda bunyad, Hyderabad, in the (RY) 33rd year of tranquil prosperity




- His Exalted Highness Nizam Sir Mir Osman Ali Khan Siddiqi Asaf Jah VII , born Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur , was the last Nizam (or ruler) of the Princely State of Hyderabad and of Berar. He ruled Hyderabad between 1911 and 1948, until it was annexed by India.
 Later he was made the Rajpramukh of Hyderabad State on 26 January 1950 and continued until 31 October 1956, after which the state was partitioned on a linguistic basis and became part of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
During his days as Nizam, he was reputed to be the richest man in the world, having a fortune estimated at US $2 billion in the early 1940s ($33.8 billion today) or 2 per cent of the US economy then. At that time the treasury of the newly independent Union government of India reported annual revenue of US $1 billion only. He was portrayed on the cover of TIME magazine on 22 February 1937, described as the world's richest man. The Nizam is widely believed to have remained as the richest man in South Asia until his death in 1967, though his fortunes fell to US$1 billion by then and became a subject of multiple legal disputes between bitterly fighting rival descendants.

- For location of date and RY (see image below)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1362 (1943)  $ 5.70 $ 5.70 81% Year 33
1362 (1943)  11% Year 34
1364 (1945)  4% Year 33
1364 (1945)  3% Year 35
1364 (1945)  1.0% Year 35
1365 (1946)  7% Year 36

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