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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 good 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. They all skyrocket as condition approaches fully uncirculated.

PIE (18 mm diameter, with PIE inscription)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $70
fully uncirculated: $200

1/2 PICE (20 mm diameter, no PICE inscription)
worn: $2 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $350

PICE (24 mm diameter, no PICE inscription)
worn: $4 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $380

2 PICE (30 mm diameter, no PICE inscription)
worn: $4 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $450

1/4 ANNA (24 mm diameter)
worn: $5 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $500

1/2 ANNA (30 mm diameter)
worn: $5 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $130
fully uncirculated: $500

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: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: ikks88, Thu, 26-Aug-2010 12:45:38 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 09-Oct-2013 16:41:19 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Fri, 05-May-2017 01:07:36 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 uk brit brittan brittain england britian britt english britan brittish pices pair lions lion shield one scales scale justice quarter arabic arab tiger cougar tigers arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon ones iustitia justicia quarters quater quatre quarto quarts quartos quattro arabesque aribic arabian arabia east company eastern easterly

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