Half Uma Rupia

10 Dec 2020  Thu

King Luis-I issued this silver half Uma rupia in Goa, he was the member of the House of Braganza, and King of Portugal and the Algarves from 1861 to 1889. He succeeded his elder brother in 1861, it was time when Portuguese power in Indian was confined to specific regions. The obverse of this coin depicts a bust of the king facing right with the legend ‘LUDOVICUS.I.PORTUG: ET ALGARB: REX’ and date inscribed around it within the toothed rim. The reverse of this coin depicts crowned Portuguese coat of arms with legend ‘INDIA PORTUGUEZA’ inscribed above it and denomination ‘Uma Rupia’ depicted below it within the toothed rim.

This coin was sold by Todywalla Auction in 2018 for a very hefty price. Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auctions

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