Saturday, October 16, 2010
King George V was the successor to his father King Edward VII and was born on 3rd June, 1865. His father King Edward VII died in the year 1910 and immediately King George V came into power and became the King of India. Personally, he was very much interested in Philately and coinage, this could be a probable reason why this hobby is called the hobby of kings :) I am personally attracted to George V coinage.
4 Annas, 2 Annas - Nickel & 1 Anna (Obverse & Reverse)
My favourite coins include the Silver one rupee of 1911 and the eight annas coin of 1919. There is a pretty interesting story of the 1911 coins of King George V. If you have a very close look at the effigy of the king on the 1911 minted coins, you would notice an animal on the King's shoulder which precisely should have been an Elephant. However, due to the issue in the minting die, this animal looked like a Pig. This was enough to arouse the sentiments of the public during that reign. This issue was escalated and the British Government decided to withdraw all the coins minted in 1911 from circulation. A Huge number of silver rupee coins were melted at Calcutta mint and re-minted. Some people still kept these coins with them which today bear a very high numismatic value. I am still craving for a silver rupee coin of 1911. So if you have any one the 1911 (Pig Issue) coins, consider yourself blessed :)
As all great rulers do, King George V died on 30th Jan 1936 and created a vacancy on the British throne.