Sanu On Sunday, February 10, 2013


     In some years of 80’s and 90’s, there was an acute shortage of regular coins in India. Indian mints were not able to mint coins up to the requirement. Then the Indian government decided to seek help from mints of foreign countries. So in the years of 1985, 1988, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, they minted and imported regular coins from foreign mints across the world to overcome the shortage of coins. There are 19 coins minted outside India. Not even a single commemorative coin was minted outside India.

Mint
Location
Country
Denomination
Year
1
Royal Mint
London
United Kingdom
1 Rupee
1985
2
Heaton Press Mint      
Birmingham
United Kingdom
1 Rupee
1985
3
Royal Canadian Mint
Ottawa
Canada
25 Paise
1985
25 Paise
1988
10 Paise
1988
50 Paise
1988
4
Mexico City Mint         
Mexico City
Mexico
1 Rupee
1997
5
Seoul Mint
Seoul
South Korea
2 Rupees
1997
1998
6
Teugu mint
Teugu
South Korea
50 Paise
1985
7
Kremnica Mint            
Kremnica
Slovakia Republic
1 Rupee
1998
1999
2000
2001
8
South African Mint       
Pretoria
South Africa
2 Rupees
1998
9
Tower Mint
London
United Kingdom
2 Rupees
1999
10
Moscow Mint      
Moscow
Russia
2 Rupees
2000
5 Rupees
1999
5 Rupees
2000


Mint
Identification
1
Royal Mint
Royal Mint uses the diamond shaped mint mark similar to that of Mumbai mint, but the mint mark is placed below first numeral of the date, whereas in case of Mumbai mint the diamond shaped mint mark is placed below the midpoint of entire date.
2
Heaton Press Mint      
Heaton Press Mint uses the alphabet 'H' and is placed below the last numeral of the date.
3
Royal Canadian Mint
Royal Canadian Mint have the alphabet 'C' placed below midpoint of the date. Some catalogue mention these coins to be minted in Ottawa Mint, but in fact they were minted in Winnipeg Mint.
4
Mexico City Mint         
Mexico City Mint coins have alphabet 'M' with a small 'o' placed above it.
5
Seoul Mint
Seoul Mint also uses 5 pointed star mint mark similar to that of Hyderabad Mint but the star mark is placed below the first numeral of the date, whereas in Hyderabad mint struck coins the star shaped mint mark will be placed just below the midpoint of date.
6
Teugu mint
Taegu Mint coins also have the 5 pointed star Mint mark but this star mark will be placed below the last numeral of the date.
7
Kremnica Mint            
Kremnica Mint coins have the alphabet set 'MK' written within a circle just below the midpoint of date
8
South African Mint       
Pretoria Mint  coins have the alphabet 'M' written within a semi-circle just below midpoint of the date.
9
Tower Mint
Tower Mint coins  have the alphabet 'U' written in a peculiar font just below the midpoint of the date.
10
Moscow Mint      
Moscow Mint coins have the alphabet set 'MMD' written in a peculiar style below the modpoint of the date



1) 10 Paisa [ss] 1988 Royal Canadian Mint 



2) 25 Paisa [Cu Ni] 1985 Royal Canadian Mint 



3) 25 Paisa [ss] 1988 Royal Canadian Mint 



4) 50 Paisa [Cu Ni] 1985 Taegu Korea 



5) 50 Paisa [ss] 1988 Royal Canadian Mint 



6) 1 Rupee [Cu Ni] 1985 Royal Mint 



7) 1 Rupee [Cu Ni] 1985 Heaton Press Mint 



8) 1 Rupee [ss] 1997 Mexico Mint 



9) 1 Rupee [ss] 1998 Kremnca Mint 



10) 1 Rupee [ss] 1999 Kremnca Mint 



11) 1 Rupee [ss] 2000 Kremnca Mint 



12) 1 Rupee [ss] 2001 Kremnca Mint 



13) 2 Rupees [Cu Ni] 1997 Seoul Mint 



14) 2 Rupees [Cu Ni] 1998 Seoul Mint 



15) 2 Rupees [Cu Ni] 1998 Pretoria Mint 



16) 2 Rupees [Cu Ni] 1999 Tower Mint 



17) 2 Rupees [Cu Ni] 2000 Moscow Mint 



18) 5 Rupees [Cu Ni] 1999 Moscow Mint 



19) 5 Rupees [Cu Ni] 2000 Moscow Mint



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