Obverse. 1973: KM# 27.1. Photo © NumisCorner.com
  • 10 Paise 1971-1982, KM# 27, India, Republic, 1973: KM# 27.1
  • 10 Paise 1971-1982, KM# 27, India, Republic
  • 10 Paise 1971-1982, KM# 27, India, Republic, 1979: KM# 27.2
  • 10 Paise 1971-1982, KM# 27, India, Republic, Different space of wreath to rim

State Emblem of India types:
Type 1: Side lions toothless with 2 to 3 fur rows, short squat D in INDIA.
Type 2: Asoka lion pedestal more imposing, side lions with 3 or 4 fur rows, more elegant D in INDIA.
Type 3: Similar to Type I but with 2 teeth, 4 to 5 fur rows, smaller lion head.

Different space of wreath to rim:
KM# 27.1: obverse narrow & reverse narrow space to rim, 9 mm '10'
KM# 27.2: obverse narrow & reverse large space to rim, 8 mm '10'  
KM# 27.3: obverse large & reverse large space to rim, 8 mm '10'


Depicts the State Emblem of India and the country name within a circle of beads, wreath surrounds.

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, date below within circle of beads, wreath surrounds. Mintmark (if any) under the date.

पैसे 10 PAISE


10 Paise

KM# 27 Schön# 105
Material Aluminium
Weight 2.27 g
Diameter 25.91 mm
Thickness 1.92 mm
Shape wavy (scallop, sun-shaped)
Notches 12
Alignment Medal
Alt # KM# 27.1, KM# 27.2, KM# 27.3
Calcutta Mint (no mintmark)
Hyderabad Mint (★)
Mumbai Mint (B)
Mumbai Mint (♦)

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