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 Presumably RARE and apparently unpublished.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.