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Why Is 1911 One Rupee George V Coin Called As A Pig Rupee?


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Ever wondered why is the 1911 one rupee coin called as a pig rupee? Well, this post will solve all your queries. There is an interesting tale of the 1911 one rupee coin, which makes it a rare variety.

On the 1911 one rupee issues of George V coins, the elephant on the King’s robe looks like a pig with the elephant’s trunk resembling a pig’s snout. Also, its legs are quite short, which did not appear like that of an elephant. Thus, this variety is known as the ‘pig rupee’. This variety is also found on the other denominations of 1911 coins, which include ½ rupee, 1/4th rupee, 2 anna, and 1/4th anna coins.

The resemblance of a pig offended the religious views of many people in India, so most of the 1911 coins were withdrawn from circulation and melted. Later on, the coins that were issued in the subsequent years had a redesigned elephant. At present, a limited amount of pig rupees are existing with coin collectors and few sellers. Luckily, you can add this beautiful 1911 one rupee George V coin to your collection now by visiting my website on Rare Indian Coins.

1911 coins were the first issue of George V as he became the king after the death of his father King Edward VII. In India, coins were minted with the effigy of King George V from 1911 to 1936. The 1911 is a silver one rupee coin that was struck in two mints. The Calcutta mint does not have a mintmark whereas the Bombay mint has a dot at the bottom below the flower on the reverse of the coin. The composition of silver is 0.917 and the weight of the coin is approximately 11.66 gms.