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INDIA. 2 Rupees Pattern "Experimental Coin", 1984. Heaton Mint at Birmingham.

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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 Presumably RARE and apparently unpublished.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.
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11:17 AM on October 31, 2012 
The subject (Experimental Coins of india and Pattern Coins of india) are very interesting. Would like to know what's the heirarchy / procedure in Governmental agency in deciding who designs and how the design / composition is accepted for Minting . Can I have some printed / published literature on the subject procedure.

We have recently seen spate of 1Rs and 2Rs design changes and from the size it seems no proper thought has been put in designing taking into the convenience of common people (Aam Admi) in using the same. 1Rs coin looks very similar to 2Rs coin. Designer could have used different shape / thickness / dia to differentiate . Does the concept of Pattern Coin still in Vogue ? Please enlighten.