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#9791879 - 02/06/17 12:24 AM What does the S&W number mean?
My Son Hanuman Offline
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Registered: 02/05/17
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Being a beginner - as in started looking at coins last week - I've come across some descriptions for which I cannot find definitions. They may be obvious to anyone with a little experience, but since that's not me, I need some help. I did try the forum search function, and spent a few hours reviewing subjects, but came up with nothing.

I've been studying Indian coins minted before 1900. Here is a rupee listing I saw:
1840(B&C) INDIA S&W-3.33 TYPE A/1 "W.W." - 28 BERRIES, KM#458.

I checked the Krause Mishler #, have counted the berries, and found William Wyon's initials. Very interesting!

Now, I would appreciate it if someone could tell me what the following terms mean, and where I could find out about all the versions that show up for slightly different coins:
(B&C); S&W-3.33; and Type A/1.

I'm already enjoying exploring the community here, and look forward to being a part of it.

#9792066 - 02/06/17 08:25 AM Re: What does the S&W number mean? [Re: My Son Hanuman]
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Welcome to the forums! We would love to see pictures of your coin, if you want to show them. We always like seeing cool things!

The S&W refers to the standard book on Indian coinage. Krause is a good generalist book - it has a lot of stuff, but it obviously cannot be complete. The specialist reference for British Indian coinage is "The Uniform Coinage of India 1835-1947: A Catalogue and Pricelist" by Stevens and Weir (hence the S&W)
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