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India (British) 1/12, 1/4, 1/2 Anna, and 1/2 Pice  1862 to 1942
India (British) 1/12, 1/4, 1/2 Anna, and 1/2 Pice 1862 to 1942

India was under British influence until 1947. Starting in 1862 and continuing for 80 years, Great Britain issued copper coinage for India in denominations as follows:

1/12 anna (1 pie)
1/2 pice (1/8 anna)
1/4 anna
1/2 anna

There are also 2 anna coins and 1/4, 1/2, and 1 rupee coins, but these are made of silver and are not covered here. After 1942 other anna coins were minted as well, and some pre-1942 coins were minted in gold and silver. Again only copper coins with the reigning monarch and wreathed denomination are covered by this page.

With one notable exception, shown on this CoinQuest page, all these coins feature the reigning British monarch on the front, with a wreath-encircled denomination on the back.

The monarchs during this time were:

Victoria Queen and Empress
Edward VII King and Emperor
George V King and Emperor
George VI King and Emperor

Once you have the denomination and monarch of your coin, use the listings below to get approximate catalog values. As always on CoinQuest, apply the concepts shown on our Important Terminology page to convert catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

VICTORIA QUEEN 1/12 ANNA (1862 to 1876)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $5
fully uncirculated: $10

VICTORIA EMPRESS 1/12 ANNA (1877 to 1901)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $6

VICTORIA QUEEN 1/2 PICE (1862 to 1875)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $20

VICTORIA EMPRESS 1/2 PICE (1877 to 1901)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $6
fully uncirculated: $10

VICTORIA QUEEN 1/4 ANNA (1862 to 1876)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $25
1/4 annas dated 1862 are more common than other dates, divide these values by two

VICTORIA EMPRESS 1/4 ANNA (1877 to 1901)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $3
fully uncirculated: $8

VICTORIA QUEEN 1/2 ANNA (1862 to 1876)
worn: $10 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $35
fully uncirculated: $85

VICTORIA EMPRESS 1/2 ANNA (1877 to 1901)
worn: $10 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated: $100
Note: most dates of 1/2 annas after 1977 are proofs and restrikes made for collectors. These catalog around $100 in fully uncirculated condition

EDWARD VII KING EMPEROR 1/12 ANNA (1903 to 1910)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $10

EDWARD VII KING EMPEROR 1/2 PICE (1903 to 1910)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $10

EDWARD VII KING EMPEROR 1/4 ANNA (1903 to 1910)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $25

GEORGE V KING EMPEROR 1/12 ANNA (1912 to 1936)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $4

GEORGE V KING EMPEROR 1/2 PICE (1912 to 1936)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $4

GEORGE V KING EMPEROR 1/4 ANNA (1912 to 1936)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $4
1/4 annas dated 1916 are more rare, multiply these values by four

GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR 1/12 ANNA (1936 to 1942)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $3

GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR 1/2 PICE (1936 to 1942)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $3

GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR 1/4 ANNA (1936 to 1942)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $5

As a final note, if you have one of these coins that looks extra special, that is, is completely or nearly uncirculated and has good eye appeal, it may be a special proof issue or restrike made especially for collectors. These coins are generally worth more than the values shown above. Seek out a knowledgeable collector or a reliable coin dealer to do an in-person appraisal of your coin.

Coin: 13787 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: Tasneem, Tue, 05-Feb-2013 11:47:47 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 29-Dec-2013 10:17:37 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 27-Dec-2015 23:26:58 GMT
Requester description: 1862 Half Anna India 1862 Queen Victoria
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