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2011 Andaman & Nicobar Islands Fantasy Coin Series

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. :)

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7 Comments

Reply Rajen Chatterjee
10:04 AM on February 26, 2011 
I think Govt of India should take drastic action who counterfeit such coins.British emblem on Our motherland. I strongly object such acts. UPA Govt is too weak to take major action . very shameful to every True Indian.
Reply kidromeo
10:40 AM on February 26, 2011 
Rajen Chatterjee says...
I think Govt of India should take drastic action who counterfeit such coins.British emblem on Our motherland. I strongly object such acts. UPA Govt is too weak to take major action . very shameful to every True Indian.

I think you misunderstood the whole point. It is not a counterfeit coin first of all. For a coin to be duplicate, there must be an original one; as there is none, this coins are called fantasy issues. Also the coat of arms in the obverse side is not the British East India Company insignia but fantasy emblem of the islands with 'Andaman and Nicobar Islands' engraved at the bottom and 'Ashoka Chakra' at the top. Also I don't see any reason why Indians should feel ashamed, on the contrary these remote and unknown Indian islands will receive more international exposure through these fantasy issues.
Reply All All
10:09 AM on March 8, 2011 
from where one can obtain such a coin ?
Reply ignoramus
2:13 PM on June 25, 2011 
"These coins are not meant for Republic of India coin collectors"
why? are there any explicit laws against these coins. they look tempting. i would certainly love to have one. (i am an indian). how can i get one?
Reply kidromeo
3:27 PM on June 25, 2011 
ignoramus says...
"These coins are not meant for Republic of India coin collectors"
why? are there any explicit laws against these coins. they look tempting. i would certainly love to have one. (i am an indian). how can i get one?


Simply because these are not legal tenders of the Republic of India.
These coin sets are perfectly legal as collectibles. These are fantasy coins and not trying to imitate Indian coinage and hence are not deemed illegal under the Indian Coinage Act.
You can probably source these from any reputed foreign coin dealer.
Reply ignoramus
12:46 AM on July 10, 2011 
i saw them in the ebay. still available. ordered some.
Reply kidromeo
10:52 AM on July 10, 2011 
Cool :)