|Posted on February 25, 2011 at 3:38 PM|
20 Rupees (Nautilus)
10 Rupees (Dugong)
5 Rupees (Indian Wild Boar)
2 Rupees (Coconut Crab)
1 Rupee (Kuhl's Flying Gecko)
50 Paise (Stork-billedKingfisher)
25 Paise (Andaman Clubtail Butterfly)
These seven 2011 dated fantasy coins are themed around fauna of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These are minted in private foreign mint and the mintage is believed to be around 10000.
In some numismatic boards and groups there have been unwarranted criticism of these coins. Some ill-informed numismatists have also claimed these coins as illegal and unlawful and even subject to confiscation. Well, The Indian Coinage Act of 1906 defines counterfeit and illegal coins as 'purporting to be coined or issued under the authority of the Central Government'; so fantasy coins to be illegal must have 'India' mentioned in it like regular circulation coins and token coinage, for example: canteen tokens etc., aren't deemed illegal.
These coins are not meant for Republic of India coin collectors but thematic and pseudo coin collectors will appreciate it.