• 1/4 Anna 1877-1901, KM# 486, India, British (British Raj), Victoria
  • 1/4 Anna 1877-1901, KM# 486, India, British (British Raj), Victoria
Description

Attribution to mints of this issue is based on the master tools employed to make the working dies. In this case there is a small double leaf in the scroll below the centre numerals of the date, this is called Type I and is attributed to the Bombay mint. Issues from the Calcutta mint have a single large leaf at that point on the scroll, called Type II. Bombay ceased production of this denomination in 1890.

Victoria (1819–1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children. Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Their nine children married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the sobriquet "the grandmother of Europe". Her reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the Victorian era and was longer than that of any of her predecessors. It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.

Obverse

Crowned and robed bust of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing the Tudor Crown.

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: William Wyon

VICTORIA EMPRESS

Reverse

Denomination and date within circle of beads, wreath surrounds.

ONE
QUARTER
ANNA
INDIA
1889

Edge
Characteristics
Material Copper
Weight 6.4 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mints
Bombay Mint (•)
Calcutta Mint (no mintmark)

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