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India (East Company) Spiritual Tokens  1616 to 1839
India (East Company) Spiritual Tokens 1616 to 1839

When you find a copper coin with the inscription EAST INDIA COMPANY dated before 1839, usually with early dates such as 1616, 1717, 1818, and denominations ANNA, HALF ANNA, or RUPEE, the coin is not issued by the East India Company, but a modern spiritually oriented token recently manufactured and sold to tourists. These tokens generally include the likeness of different Hindu gods, as well as related spiritual symbols and caricatures.

These pieces are not coins per se, even though they contain valid denominations (anna, rupee, etc.) and a valid issuing agency (East India Company). They are instead Temple Tokens, Lebbo coins, or similar non-legal tender with religious or magical implications. They are readily collectible, and assembling a comprehensive set of these items would be a collecting challenge, but they do not carry very much value.

Typical retail prices for these pieces range from 50 to 250 rupees, or about $1 to $5 US dollars. A dealer buying one from a collector would pay half that or less.

Coin: 11445 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: ganesh, Sat, 02-Jun-2012 14:35:52 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 04-May-2013 01:27:59 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 18-Sep-2014 13:16:08 GMT
Requester description: 1616 i have 1616 copper coin issued by east india company . weight 262 gms.oval shape.
Tags: india east company spiritual tokens token toke i copper issued issue weight gms oval shape coppers bronze coppery brass ovals ukl anna rupee iridium lebbo lebba god goddess godess

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