Definitive Coins - Two Rupees - Part 1

This post is organized in 2 parts. The first part details about the Cupro-Nickel issues. The next post about the other definitive issues.


In 1982, the Rs 2 was first introduced as circulation commemorative with 2 themes, National Integration and IX Asian Games. The Design used for National Integration was introduced as Definitive design in the year 1990. This is the only instance where a design for commemorative was made into a definitive issue. At 28 mm, the coins were slightly larger than the Rs 1 coins of the period which were at 26 mm.



Die Varieties: 1990 Kolkata Mint also comes with milled edge
Note: In 1982, the Rs 2 was first introduced as circulation commemorative with 2 themes, National Integration and IX Asian Games. The Design used for National Integration was introduced as Definitive design in the year 1990.



Shortly after introducing the Rs 2 coin, there was a change in the shape. From Circular the coins were changed to 11 sided [Hen-decagon]. The size reduced to 26 mm around the same size of the Rs 1 Cu-Ni coins. Of-course the Rs 1 coins themselves went steel from 1994 with size of 25 mm.
Over a period of 12 years these coins remained same, however this particular issue has quite a few Lion Varieties. The study is very interesting for someone who is into Die Varieties. As the Rs 2 definitive was taken from the Commemorative Design, it meant that the Obverse had both the Value and Ashoka Emblem. Hence the Commemoratives issued during this period in the Rs 2 denomination shared the Obverse die with the Definitives, unlike the other denominations where there is a different Obverse die for Commemoratives and Definitives. The only other exception being the Rs 5 of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Hence the commemoratives of these period also show up quite a few Die Varieties

In the definitive’s we have 4 distinct Die Varieties used across the years from 1992 to 2004, in some cases certain mints for certain years have used up to 3 dies.





At a glance identifying the Type A, B, C or D Lion.
It's an easy way to distinguish. One has to first determine if its Type A/B Vs Type C/D. This can be done by looking at the Left Top side of Lion Fur. In Type A/B, the Fur curves away from the body. In the Type C/D it curves towards the body. Having determined the basic type, it now easier to further determine the sub-type. See the illustration below;

















1999 Hyderabad Mint all 5 Mint Mark Varieties. Credits Vaikunta Chary R












Year
Description
Mint
KM No
1990

M
121.2
1990

C
121.2
1990
Plain Edge
C
121.2
1990
Milled Edge
C

1990

H
121.2
1990
Milled Edge
H
121.2
1992
Type A Lion
M
121.3
1992
Type B Lion
M
121.4
1992
Type A Lion
C
121.3
1992
Type A Lion
H
121.3
1992
Type B Lion
N
Not Listed
1993
Type B Lion
M
121.4
1993
Type A Lion
C
121.3
1993
Type A Lion
H
121.3
1994
Type A Lion
M
121.3
1994
Type B Lion
M
121.4
1994
Type A Lion
C
121.3
1994
Type A Lion
H
121.3
1994
Type B Lion
H
121.4
1994
Type A Lion
N
Not Listed
1994
Type B Lion
N
121.4
1995
Type A Lion
M
121.3
1995
Type B Lion
M
121.4
1995
Type C Lion
M
121.5
1995
Type A Lion
C
121.3
1995
Type B Lion
C
Not Listed
1995
Type A Lion
H
121.3
1995
Type B Lion
H
121.4
1995
Type B Lion
N
121.4
1996
Type B Lion
M
121.4
1996
Type C Lion
M
121.5
1996
Type A Lion
C
121.3
1996
Type A Lion
H
121.3
1996
Type B Lion
H
Not Listed
1996
Type C Lion
H
121.5
1996
Type B Lion
N
121.4
1997
Type B Lion
M
121.4
1997
Type C Lion
M
121.5
1997
Type D Lion
M
Not Listed
1997
Type A Lion
C
121.3
1997
Type A Lion
H
121.3
1997
Type C Lion
H
121.5
1997
Type C Lion
Taegu
121.5
1998
Type B Lion
M
Not Listed
1998
Type C Lion
M
121.5
1998
Type D Lion
M
121.6
1998
Type A Lion
C
121.3
1998
Type C Lion
C
121.5
1998
Type D Lion
C
Verify
1998
Type C Lion
H
121.5
1998
Type D Lion
H
121.6
1998
Type B Lion
N
Not Listed
1998
Type C Lion
N
121.5
1998
Type C Lion
Taegu
121.5
1998
Type C Lion
Pretoria
121.5
1999
Type C Lion
M
121.5
1999
Type D Lion
M
121.6
1999
Type A Lion
C
121.3
1999
Type C Lion
C
121.5
1999
Type D Lion
C
Not Listed
1999
Type C Lion
H
121.5
1999
Mint Mark very close to date
H
121.5
1999
Mint Mark between 1&9
H
121.5
1999
Mint Mark Below 3rd Digit
H
Not Listed
1999
Mint Mark
H
Not Listed
1999
Round Edge
H
121.5
1999
Type B Lion
N
121.4
1999
Type C Lion
N
Not Listed
1999
Type C Lion
Dominican-Republic
121.5
2000
Type C Lion
M
121.5
2000
Type D Lion
M
121.6
2000
Type A Lion
C
121.3
2000
Type C Lion
H
121.5
2000
Type C Lion
N
121.5
2000
Type A Lion
Moscow
121.3
2000
Type C Lion
Moscow
121.5
2001
Type A Lion
M
121.3
2001
Type C Lion
M
121.5
2001
Type D Lion
M
Not Listed
2001
Type A Lion
C
121.3
2001
Type C Lion
C
121.5
2001
Type C Lion
H
121.5
2001
Type C Lion
N
121.5
2002
Type C Lion
M
121.5
2002
Type A Lion
C
121.3
2002
Type C Lion
C
121.5
2002
Type C Lion
H
121.5
2002
Type C Lion
N
121.5
2003
Type C Lion
M
121.5
2003
Type A Lion
C
121.3
2003
Type C Lion
C
121.5
2003
Type A Lion
H
121.3
2003
Type C Lion
H
121.5
2003
Type C Lion
H
Not Listed
2003
Type C Lion
N
121.5
2004
Type C Lion
M
121.5
2004
Type C Lion
C
121.5
2004
Type C Lion
H
121.5









11 comments:

  1. Plz elaborate on the differences between the Type A,B,C & D lions of 2 rupee coins.

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  2. I got very useful information on this blog for both coins & notes. thank you & keep improving........

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  3. Please add 1997B "D"-Lion to the list and also change the "D"-Lion period from 1997-2004 instead of 1998.......Regards.......Alex

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  4. Thanks for the comment. Let me see if I can find 1997B in D-Type Lion. The D-Type lion were last used in 2000. After that only Type C was used to my knowledge. Can you let me know which years the Type D was used after 2000.

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  5. Hi,
    It was used in 2001 Bombay mint also I can give you a list which is not in the blog i.e apart from 1997 Bombay there are 1998 type D in Calcutta,1998 type B in Noida,1999 type D in Calcutta and 2001 type D in Bombay ..... Alex

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  6. Hi,
    Also I came across a 1992 Noida mint with type A lion in Rs 2 and I am sure it is not any other mint but Noida

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  7. Hi Alex,
    Thanks for the comment. 1998 type B in Noida,1999 type D in Calcutta and 2001 type D in Bombay Agree, they are missing and would update in next round.

    Was not aware of 1998 Type D in Calcutta. Will include.

    Looks like more coins to add to my collection :(

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  8. I have never seen "1992 Noida mint" can you send me the image if possible at indiacoinadvisor@yahoo.com
    Thanks

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  9. sir you say that the Rs.2 2004 coins are available in plenty but they are never found in circulation

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    1. Maybe distribution issue. Some locations may not see it.

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  10. Have you seen 2000 Moscow "A" Lion ever ? Because I would like to see it which I have never come across.

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