>> REGULAR CROSS COINS, ISSUED IN INDIA


During the period 2004 - 2007 the RBI introduced some coins on the theme “UNITY IN DIVERSITY”. The 1 rupee and the 5 rupees coins show a “plus" symbol with four dots on each side. The 2 rupees and the 10 rupees coins show a “double plus" symbol with four dots on each side. As these plus signs resembled a Christian Cross, these coins are popularly called as Cross coins.

The 1 rupee coin was minted in the years 2004, 2005, and 2006. The 2 rupees coin was minted in the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. The 5 rupees coin was minted in 2007. The 10 rupees coin was minted in the years 2005, 2006, and 2007.

When there was a massive public protest against the issue of these Christian Cross Coins, RBI stopped the mintage of this design on coins from 2007.

The 1 rupee Cross coin:
These coins were minted in the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Specifications
Years of issue – 2004 to 2006
Weight -- 4.85 grams
Metal composition - Ferrite Stainless Steel (82% Iron, 18% Chromium)
Diameter 25 mm
Shape -- Circular
Edge Plain
Rev -- A single cross dividing 4 dots with value “ONE RUPEES” in English and “Ek Rupaye” in Hindi along the left upper periphery.
Obv – The face of the coin is divided into three portions. The top portion contains words “Bharat” in Hindi and "INDIA" in English. The bottom portion contains the year of issue in International numerals.The center portion bears the “Lion capitol” of Ashok Pillar with the legend “Satyameva Jayate” in Hindi inscribed below, the prominent  International numeral “1” indicates the denomination.
Minted at – Kolkata(2005), Mumbai(2004,2005), Hyderabad(2005,2006), Noida(2005,2006)
KM Number -  #322

i) Issue of 2004:
This is one of the rarest coins issued in the Indian Republic.



ii) Issue of 2005:
This is the most common coin of the 1 rupee cross series.



Minor Die-Variations in issue of 2005:
a) 1 Rupee of 2005 ( Kolkata Mint) :
We find 2 different dies on the Reverse side of this coin.

Die-I : The value written in English and Hindi are farther from                           the rim
Die-II : The value written in English and Hindi are closer to the rim



b) 1 Rupee of 2005 ( Hyderabad Mint) : (Different 5 in the year of issue)
We find 2 different dies on the Obverse side.

 Die-I : The year of issue shows the numeral 5 with a longer horizontal line
Die-II : The year of issue shows the numeral 5 with a shorter horizontal line



iii) Issue of 2006:
This is one of the scarce coins issued in the Indian Republic.



The 2 rupees Cross coin:
These coins were minted in the years 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Specifications
Years of issue – 2005 to 2007
Weight --  5.62 grams
Metal composition - Ferrite Stainless Steel (83% Iron, 17% Chromium)
Diameter 27 mm
Shape -- Circular
Edge Plain
Rev -- A double cross dividing 4 dots with value “TWO RUPEES” in English and “Do Rupaye” in Hindi along the left upper periphery.dividing 4 dots with value in English and Hindi
Obv – The face of the coin is divided into three portions. The top portion contains words “Bharat” in Hindi, The bottom portion contains the year of issue in International numerals.The center portion bears the “Lion capitol” of Ashok Pillar with the legend “Satyameva Jayate” in Hindi inscribed below, the prominent  International numeral “10” indicates the denomination.
Minted at – Kolkata(2005,2007), Mumbai(2005 to 2007), Hyderabad(2005 to 2007), Noida(2005,2006)
KM Number -  # 326

i) Issue of 2005:



Minor Die-Variations:
2 Rupees of 2005 ( Kolkata Mint) : (Different 5 in the year of issue)
We find 2 different dies on the Obverse side.


 Die-IThe perpendicular line in the ‘5’ of the date “2005” is truncated and the lower portion of ‘5’ encloses a smaller circular area.

Die-IIThe perpendicular line in the ‘5’ of the date “2005” is pointed and  the lower portion of ‘5’ encloses a bigger circular area.


ii) Issue of 2006:


Minor Die-Variations:
a) 2 Rupees of 2006 ( Mumbai Mint) : (Different 6 in the year of issue)
We find 2 different dies on the Obverse side.

 Die-I : The year of issue shows the numeral 6 with thick lettering
Die-II : The year of issue shows the numeral 6 with thin lettering



b) 2 Rupees of 2006 ( Hyderabad Mint) : (Different 6 in the year of issue)
We find 2 different dies on the Obverse side

 Die-I : The year of issue shows the lower circular part of   digit "6" to be a perfect circle.
Die-II : The year of issue shows the lower circular part of   digit "6" to be odd shaped.



iii) Issue of 2007:
Major Die-Variations:
This coin is found with 2 Obverse Die varieties.

Obverse Die - I                         Obverse Die - II


Obverse Die – I (Value 2 Smaller and date in bigger numerals)
In this variety the value "2" measures 9mm in height and smaller in size. The “date” is displayed in bigger numerals. This is found on all the 2 Rupees coins issued in 2005, 2006 and on issues of Mumbai and Hyderabad  mint in 2007.

Obverse Die –II (Value 2 Bigger  and date in smaller numerals)
In this variety the value "2" measures 10mm in height and bigger in size. The “date” is displayed in smaller numerals. This is found on all of the 2 Rupees coins issued by Kolkata mint in 2007.

This coin is found with 2 Reverse Die varieties.

Reverse Die - I                             Reverse Die - II


Reverse Die – I (Smaller Cross)
 In this variety the "double plus" symbol measures 18mm in length. This is found on all the 2 Rupees coins issued in 2005, 2006 and on issues of Mumbai and Hyderabad mint in 2007.

Reverse Die – II (Bigger Cross)
 In this variety the "double plus" symbol measures 20mm in length. This is found on all of the 2 Rupees coins issued by Kolkata mint in 2007.

Issue of Kolkata mint in 2007:
Issue of Kolkata mint in 2007 is obverse Die–II and Reverse Die–II.



Issue of Mumbai and Hyderabad mint in 2007:
Issue of Mumbai and Hyderabad mints in 2007 is obverse Die – I and Reverse Die – I.



Mule varieties in 2 Rupees Unity In Diversity In 2005 and 2007 coins of Kolkata Mint

What is a MULE coin:
When a coin is minted with the Obverse die of one coin and the reverse die of another coin, it is called a MULE coin.

We find mule varieties in the 2005 and 2007 issue of Kolkata mint. Probably it occurred due to wrong pairing of dies.

The Normal coin of 2005:

Obv: Die-I (Smaller 2)            Rev: Die-I (Smaller cross)

The Mule coin of 2005:

Obv: Die-I (Smaller 2)                Rev: Die II (Bigger cross)
The above coin minted by Kolkata mint has obverse of 2005 (Obv Die -I (Smaller 2)) paired with the reverse of 2007 (Rev Die – II (Bigger Cross)).


The Normal coin of 2007:

Obv: Die-II (Bigger 2)            Rev: Die-II (Bigger cross)
The Mule coin of 2007:

Obv: Die-II (Bigger 2)                   Rev: Die-I (Smaller cross)

The above coin minted by Kolkata mint has obverse of 2007 (Obv Die -II (Bigger 2)) paired with the reverse of 2005 (Rev Die – I (Smaller Cross)).


The 5 rupees Cross coin:
This coin was minted only in the year 2007 by Kolkata mint. This is one of the scarce coins of India.

Specifications
Years of issue – 2007
Weight -- 6 grams
Metal composition - Ferrite Stainless Steel (83% Iron, 17% Chromium)
Diameter23 mm
Shape -- Circular
Edge Security
Rev --  A single cross dividing 4 dots with value “FIVE RUPEES” in English and “Panch Rupaye” in Hindi along the left upper periphery.
Obv – The face of the coin is divided into three portions. The top portion contains words “Bharat” in Hindi and "INDIA" in English. The bottom portion contains the year of issue in International numerals.The center portion bears the “Lion capitol” of Ashok Pillar with the legend “Satyameva Jayate” in Hindi inscribed below, the prominent  International numeral “5” indicates the denomination.
Minted at – Kolkata
KM Number -  NA

The 10 rupees Cross coin:
These coins were minted in the years 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Specifications
Years of issue – 2005 to 2007
Weight -- 7.71 grams (Outer ring – 4.45 gms and center piece – 3.26 gms)
Metal composition - Bi-metallic
  Outer ring – Aluminium Bronze (Copper – 90%, Aluminium – 6%, Nickel – 2%)
  Central piece – Cupro – Nickel (Copper – 75%,           Nickel – 25%)
Diameter27 mm
Shape -- Circular
Edge Plain
Rev -- A double cross dividing 4 dots with value “TEN RUPEES” in English and “Das Rupaye” in Hindi along the left upper periphery.
Obv – The face of the coin is divided into three portions. The top portion contains words “Bharat” in Hindi and "INDIA" in English. The bottom portion contains the year of issue in International numerals.The center portion bears the “Lion capitol” of Ashok Pillar with the legend “Satyameva Jayate” in Hindi inscribed below, the prominent  International numeral “10” indicates the denomination.
Minted at –  Noida
KM Number -  NA

i) Issue of 2005:
This coin is one of the scarce coins.


ii) Issue of 2006:
This is a common coin.


iii) Issue of 2007:
This coin is also one of the scarce coins.

10 comments:

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    1. Anvar Sadique, Many thanks for appreciation.

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  2. Excellent information...

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  3. sir, i go through your blog,
    i found a 2Rs coin the year of 2007 Kolkata mint, but the date is in bigger numerals & double plus length is 18mm. so is this a rare coin ?
    please guide me..............

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  4. I have Two Rupees 2004 Hyderabad Mint Coin (100 in qty UNC)
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  5. sir,i have 2rs cross sign coin of 2007.kolkatta mint. is it rare and its price?please guide me....

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  6. Sir what is the price of 1rs 2006 Hyderabad coin

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