• 1/2 Anna 1942-1945, KM# 534b, India, British (British Raj), George VI
  • 1/2 Anna 1942-1945, KM# 534b, India, British (British Raj), George VI
Description

Bombay Mint (KM# 534b.1): no dots on sides of INDIA (INDIA)
Calcutta Mint (KM# 534b.2): dots on sides of INDIA (• INDIA •)

George VI (1895–1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.

As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward. George's elder brother ascended the throne as Edward VIII upon the death of their father in 1936. However, later that year Edward revealed his desire to marry divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin advised Edward that for political and religious reasons he could not marry a divorced woman and remain king. Edward abdicated in order to marry, and George ascended the throne as the third monarch of the House of Windsor.

Obverse

Crowned bust of King George VI, left, wearing the Tudor Crown, English legend around.

The Tudor Crown, also known as the King's Crown or Imperial Crown, is a widely used symbol in heraldry of the United Kingdom. While various crown symbols had been used for this purpose for many years previously, the specific Tudor Crown design was standardised at the request of Edward VII. It was never intended to represent any actual physical crown, although in shape it bears a close resemblance to the small diamond crown of Queen Victoria.

Engraver: Percy Metcalfe

GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR

Reverse

Denomination and date within decorative outline, value in 4 languages outside border (Urdu, Bengali, Telugu & Devnagari) within a toothed rim.

دو پیسہ
दॊ पैस দহ পহ়াযা
INDIA
AN ½ NA
1942
రెండు బైఎఅ

Edge
Characteristics
Material Nickel Brass
Weight 2.92 g
Diameter 17.3 mm
Thickness 1.6 mm
Shape -
Alignment Medal
Alt # KM# 534b.1, KM# 534b.2
Mints
Bombay Mint (•)
Calcutta Mint (no mintmark)

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