An early East India Company paisa coin, minted in Bombay in 1672

Source: ebay, Mar. 2006

Another example of these earliest British Indian "copperoon" coins, from 1678

Source: ebay, Mar. 2006

"Rare! Large paise ("copperoon") from Bombay, British issue, 1678. Left: MONETA BOMBAYE ANGLICI REGIMS ANDO / Right: East India Company''s coat of arms (with three ships) within a dotted border. These are the very first coins ever minted by the British in India. They are large copper paise (or "copperoon", as the British called them)."


A silver 15-rupee coin from the Bombay mint, 1770

Source: ebay, June 2007


A Bombay-minted half-anna coin from 1794: the left side promises "justice" ('adl)

Source: ebay, May 2007

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