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When my lived in Mumbai in the 1960s, my father purchased a King George V rupee, which was struck only on one side. The other side is largely blank, except for some of the details of the "head." Therefore, the ony way to date the coin is by the range of years King George V reigned in Great Britain. My father has given me the coin. He was told it was called a "lakh key," apparently a test coin (1 in 10,000 [?]).

Were coins sometimes struck only on one side to test the machinery at the mint? Is the name "lakh key" correct? If any of this is true and the coin is real (it appears to be solid silver), how rare is it and about how much is it worth?

Thank you for your help. I love the coins of your beautiful country.

January 18, 2013 at 1:39 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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