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India (British) Pie, 1/2 Pice, Pice, 2 Pice and 1/4 and 1/2 Anna  1804 to 1834
India (British) Pie, 1/2 Pice, Pice, 2 Pice and 1/4 and 1/2 Anna 1804 to 1834

Yo, Ikks -- That's a cool coin. You have a one-quarter anna from old British India. Other coin denominations were minted with the same pattern but different sizes. These include the pie, 1/2 pice, pice, and 2 pice coins. This page covers all the copper denominations with the lions, shield, and scales patterns. Some have inscriptions EAST INDIA COMPANY and some do not.

The coin in the picture comes from respected eBay seller pbsilver1 who has it on sale for about $25 US dollars. That's a good price. Most of these old coins are worn to a frazzle, but not pbsilver's. It is in great shape, and that pushes collector demand up, and that pushes price up. If pbsilver or another honest dealer were buying it from you, he or she would probably pay between $10 and $15 for this coin. The difference in dealer margin, which is necessary to keep the dealership solvent.

Here are some approximate catalog prices for these coins.

PIE (18 mm diameter, with PIE inscription)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $50

1/2 PICE (20 mm diameter, no PICE inscription)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $150

PICE (24 mm diameter, no PICE inscription)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $180

2 PICE (30 mm diameter, no PICE inscription)
worn: $2 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $150

1/4 ANNA (24 mm diameter)
worn: $2 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $70
fully uncirculated: $200

1/2 ANNA (30 mm diameter)
worn: $2 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $70
fully uncirculated: $200

Use our Important Terminology page to properly interpret these values.

CoinQuest thanks pbsilver1 for use of their coin photo. It's a beauty.

Coin: 5324 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: ikks88, Thu, 26-Aug-2010 12:45:38 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 09-Oct-2013 16:41:19 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 04-Oct-2014 01:37:38 GMT
Requester description: 1833 it has a pair of lions on either side of a shield with 1833 written under it on one side an on the other it has the 'scales of justice,' it says quarter anna and has what appears to be arabic writing on the bottom.
Tags: india british britain pie 1 2 pice 4 anna britaain uk brit brittan brittrex brittain england britian britt english britan britsh britanniarun brilt brittish pair lions lion shield one an scales scale justice quarter arabic arab tiger cougar tigers sheild shiled shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon shelid chevron ashield shields ones aribic arabian arabia east company coat arms coats crests insignia crested crest creast

  

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