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Auction: 23009 - World Banknotes
Lot: 229

(x) Government of India / British Administration, 2 Rupees, 8 Annas, Bombay, ND (1917), serial number B/6 364601, bold black English text on the front face, accompanied by the GRI (Georgius Rex Imperator) and rayed star watermarks, the portrait of King George V and a green/blue guilloche design. On the reverse of the note is the GRI monogram and a panel of note's denomination in 8 Indian languages, depicting the multicultural milieu of India, which continues to the modern day. The prefix 'B' denotes that this 2/8 rupee note was specifically from Bombay, with other prefixes indicating other areas. The variation of prefix letters is a remnant from earlier in India's history, when notes were only encashable in their circle of issue. This note is remarkable for its marrying of two opposing identities in Indian heritage; the British imperial imagery is blended into the rich spectrum of languages and culture as represented by the panel on the reverse of the note
(Pick 2, Jhun&Rez 3.3.1A-F, BNB 136), in PMG holder 58 Choice About Uncirculated

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