Coppper ¼ anna coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1832
Copper ¼ anna coin from the Bombay Presidency, 1832
From a single trading post established at Surat in 1608 and annexed in 1800, the rule of the British East India Company in India came to comprise 353 separate states organised into a government with its capital at what is now Mumbai, this massive province being known as the Bombay Presidency. The Presidency's coinage retained many features preserved from the native currencies it had displaced. This copper ¼-anna coin demonstrates this syncretism by showing the Company arms on the obverse and scales symbolising its trade on the reverse, but bearing an Islamic date in Persian script beneath them.