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  • 2 Naye Paise 1957-1963, KM# 11, India, Republic
  • 2 Naye Paise 1957-1963, KM# 11, India, Republic

Depicts the State Emblem of India surrounded by the country name.

The State Emblem of India is an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka at Sarnath, preserved in the Sarnath Museum near Varanasi, India. A representation of Lion Capital of Ashoka was officially adopted on 26 January 1950, the day that India became a republic. The emblem appears on all Indian currency.

The actual Sarnath capital features four Asiatic lions standing back to back, symbolizing power, courage, confidence and pride, mounted on a circular base. At the bottom is a horse and a bull, and at its centre is a wheel (Dharma Chakra). The abacus is girded with a frieze of sculptures in high relief of The Lion of the North, The Horse of the West, The Bull of the South and The Elephant of the East, separated by intervening wheels, over a lotus in full bloom, exemplifying the fountainhead of life and creative inspiration.

In the emblem finally adopted, only three lions are visible, the fourth being hidden from view. The wheel appears in relief in the centre of the abacus, with a bull on the right and a galloping horse on the left, and outlines of Dharma Chakras on the extreme right and left.

भारत INDIA


Denomination in Nagari and date, mintmark (if any) below the date.

रुपये का पचासवाँ भाग
नये पैसे

Material Cupronickel
Weight 2.95 g
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Shape wavy (scallop, sun-shaped)
Notches 8
Alignment Medal
Calcutta Mint (no mintmark)
Mumbai Mint (♦)

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