Monday, May 14, 2012

1996 India-Republic 5 Rupees (Security Edge)

Have an Indian coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment

Back in the vault there is a little puzzle. It is an Indian coin or is it? Here is the problem in brief. Indian Rupees are often faked, are not precisely made when real, and come in many varieties.

I strongly suspect this coin is a fake due to the rough edge and the cracks on the weakly pressed surface.


The security edge has the •\•/•\•/•\•/•\•/•\•/•\ pattern that is quite large so it would be Type II of the security edge varieties. Two strange gaps on the edge are on opposites sides may indicate a casting but I have seen many real rupee edges that are out of collar and crooked.

The front and back of the coin are weak. If this is a true that an improperly aligned die strike would also cause this and the edge problems. You cannot make out the word INDIA and barely the Hindi भारत.

The weight is also off. Normally it should be 9.00 grams but this one is about 9.14 grams. Again signs of fake coins is being underweight but this one is well overweight.

Conclusion
There is no conclusion. I have not studied Indian coins long enough to make an educated guess. I am leaning towards fake but research online favors an abnormal real coin.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Rupees / India, Republic of
Year: 1996 (C)
Mintage: Not yet known.
Metal: Copper-Nickel
Value: $0.10 in Fine

Do you have a coin from India and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

9 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

Anonymous said...

Today i got 2005 west virginia quarter..and it dont have copper layer...all nickel....good condition but it weight exactly same...5.7 grams

Man said...

2005 west virginia quarter..and it dont have copper layer...all nickel....good condition but it weight exactly same...5.7 grams

Assuming you used a 0.1 gram scale not a more precise 0.01 gram scale.

I think it actually weighs 5.67 grams and is normal, except it was plated.

No extra value.

Anonymous said...

1972/1 25c indian head gold coin?whats the value? And how much gold in it?

Anonymous said...

1872* not 1972

Man said...

1872/1 25c indian head gold coin?whats the value?
--About $250.00

And how much gold in it?
--That I cannot answer with certainty.
They were generally made with 22k gold and had less than face value.

But these were not made with precision so typically take 60% of the weight off and assume the rest is 22k.

This guy is an expert...
http://www.calgoldcoin.com/

Anonymous said...

Today i bought it for 105 free shipping on ebay..but condition is fair..i dont know if its real...seller has 100% feedback...if u want to see just search... 1872/1 BG-790 ...u can c in completed listings...

Man said...

Today i bought it for 105 free shipping on ebay..but condition is fair.

Many fakes exist, that said all the markings seem to show this is real but it looks like it was cleaned.

The color is off but with low gold content and bad pictures it is difficult to say.

Personally I would not buy it but in fair or poor quality it is $50 or metal value which ever is less.

Anonymous said...

Hmm..whenever i will get it...i will post the pics..i cant understand that back ground is blue and lines on coins and spots are also blue...can u tell me the exact weight and diameter of coin..so i can check wheather its real or fake? Thanks in advance..

Man said...

can u tell me the exact weight and diameter of coin..so i can check wheather its real or fake?

Unfortunately there is no set standard for these coins, you need to get in touch with an expert.

Calgoldcoin.com is the only one I know.

Most likely you would have to do a specific gravity test and if there is any gold possible less than a gram then it is real.