½ Rupee - George VI

½ Rupee - George VI - obverse½ Rupee - George VI - reverse

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Issuer India - British (British India)
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1939
Value ½ Rupee
Currency Rupee (1862-1947)
Composition Silver (.917)
Weight 5.83 g
Diameter 23.5 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 550
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.


Crowned head of George VI facing left
This type of head is called the Second head or Mature head and has short trefoils in the crown


Engraver: Percy Metcalfe Read more on Wikipedia

Percy Metcalfe, CVO, RDI, was an English artist sculptor and designer. He is recognised mostly for his coin designs and his contribution to the Ashtead Pottery Collection.


Within a circle, date divides legend in English & Persian (Hasht Aanay). Outside circle, a wreath made of roses, thistle, shamrock leaves, and lotus flowers. All within a toothed border

هشت آنہ

Translation: Eight Annas (Half Rupee)




Kolkata / Calcutta / Murshidabad, India (1757-date)
Mumbai / Bombay, India (1829-date)


Dot or diamond - Bombay mint (see image for location)
No mint mark - Calcutta mint

This type has short fleur-de-lis in crown (see image)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1939  $ 28 69% Calcutta mint
1939 • 37% Bombay mint

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Sold price
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232329
Lot 63376
Internet Archive
Jul 13, 2023 Undetermined UNC
(NGC MS63)
USD 61.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232313
Lot 65459
Internet Archive
Mar 23, 2023 Undetermined UNC
(NGC MS63)
USD 1080.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Rupee - George VIPicture 1 of a sold ½ Rupee - George VI
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232301
Lot 61643
Internet Archive
Dec 29, 2022 Undetermined UNC
USD 228.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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