Proof 1 Rupee, Issued by Mauritius, 1956
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

Crowned bust of the queen facing right; around, QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND; artist's initials, CT, incuse on bust truncation

Reverse Description

The shield of Mauritius quartered with a lymphad (galley), three palm trees, a key and a star from which a light shines (these last two reflect the motto of the island which does not appear on the coin 'the star and key of the Indian Ocean'); the shield divides the date 1956; around above, MAURITIUS; around below, ONE RUPEE

Edge Description

Security edge


First issue of the 1 rupee denomination for Queen Elizabeth II, 1,000,000 working strikes were made. This is a Proof of Record strike supplied for the reference collection of the Nationale Gallery of Victoria through the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint. The only other denomination struck in 1956 was the 5 cents coin.

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