Experimental Coins of India http://www.indiacoinnews.com/apps/photos/ Experimental Coins of India INDIA. 2 Rupees Pattern "Experimental Coin", 1984. Heaton Mint at Birmingham. 31 mm; 12.65 gms. Security edge. KM-unlisted. Presumably RARE and apparently unpublished. This seemingly unlisted type is of an unusual design which was apparently not issued for circulation. The obverse displays the traditional Asoka lion pedestal and the countries name encircled by an ornate design. The reverse feature the denomination encircled by the same ornate design as the obverse. Both obverse and reverse dies have two sets of horizontal lines with ?EXP. and ?COIN? between them for ?EXPERIMENTAL COIN? which has been added to the dies prior to striking. This example was produced by the Heaton mint as a ?sample? or ?experimental coin? in order to gain approval and is similar in nature to a pattern or essay. It is probable this type did not gain acceptance as its size is much larger than the currently circulating 2 Rupees, as well as it would easily be confused with the 5 Rupees coins which entered circulation the following. http://www.indiacoinnews.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=145409987 145409987 INDIA. 2 Rupees "Experimental Coin", 1982. Heaton Mint at Birmingham. 28 mm; 8.12 gms. Security edge. KM-unlisted (see KM-120 for basic type). "IX Asian Games". Presumably RARE and apparently unpublished. Essentially identical to the commemorative circulation issue of this year, however two horizontal lines with ?EXP. and ?COIN? between them for ?EXPERIMENTAL COIN? have been added to both obverse and reverse dies prior to striking. The 1982 commemorative 2 Rupees were minted only at Mumbai (Bombay) and Kolkata (Calcutta). This example was produced by the Heaton mint as a ?sample? or ?experimental coin? in order to gain approval, and is similar in nature to a pattern or essay. http://www.indiacoinnews.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=145409988 145409988 INDIA. Rupee "Experimental Coin", 1983. Heaton Mint at Birmingham. 25.95 mm; 5.85 gms. Security edge. KM-unlisted (see KM-79.1 for basic type). Presumably RARE and apparently unpublished. Essentially identical to the regular circulation issue that began this very year, however two horizontal lines were added to both obverse and reverse dies prior to striking. In 1983 the circulation strike 1 Rupees were minted only at Mumbai (Bombay) and Kolkata (Calcutta). The Heaton Mint at Birmingham would not produce 1 Rupee coins for circulation until the following year (1984), which are clearly marked with an ?H? mint mark. Although not clearly marked with a mint mark, this example was produced by the Heaton mint as a ?sample? or ?experimental coin?, in order to gain approval and is similar in nature to a pattern or essai. http://www.indiacoinnews.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=145409989 145409989 INDIA. 5 Rupees "Experimental Coin", 2003. Bombay Mint at Maharashtra. 23 mm; 9 gms, Security edge. KM-unlisted (see KM-154.1 for basic type). Presumably RARE and apparently unpublished. Essentially identical to the regular circulation issue that began in 1992, however two horizontal lines with "EXPT." were added to both obverse and reverse dies prior to striking. Photo By: Siddharth N Shah http://www.indiacoinnews.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=145409990 145409990