Press release by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation:
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has certified an extremely rare Year
24 (1945) gold mohur of Jaipur India and it has been graded NGC Mint State-64.
Issued by Jaipur in 1945, this Nazarana Mohur is struck in gold from
silver Nazarana rupee dies.
A “nazarana” is a presentation issue. Nazaranas were struck in
limited numbers and this specimen is one of just a handful of Nazarana
Mohurs struck during the reign of George VI.
Jaipur was a princely state in India that was allowed to maintain
some independence by the British Government of India. The maharaja
remained in power although the British had ultimate authority. Jaipur
was authorized to issue coins for the State of Jaipur, which it
started to do during the reign of Queen Victoria. These coins featured
both the name of the British monarch and the local ruler of Jaipur in
its written script.
Nazarana coinage was issued by the princely states for special
occasions such as gifts, festivals, and weddings. The coinage could
circulate like any other monetary issue at that time. Production
dwindled during World War II, however, and nazarana issues,
particularly those in gold, were struck in extremely limited numbers.
This NGC MS 64 example is the first of this rare date Nazarana Mohur
to be certified by NGC. It will appear in an upcoming Stephen Album
Rare Coins sale.
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