I have been a British India coins collector since 1970.
I also collect British
India bank notes and stamps. In addition I collect Republic of India
coins, bank notes and stamps. From RBI governor S. Venkataramanan up to
Y. V. Reddy I have collected all notes in serial no 888888.
Another favorite hobby of mine has been gardening with nearly 800
different species of Cactus plants in > 2500 pots in my collection.
I am Dr. Jinadatha B working as a professor in J
J M medical college Davangere, Karnataka, INDIA. My elder son Chetan
is working as a physician at Scott and White hospital in
Temple, Texas, USA and my younger son Avinash is
working as a Paediatrician in Alfred Edward Royal Infirmary, Wigan,
England. Both of them are deeply interested in these hobbies.
My wife Usha, my sons & my daughter in law Ushma have actively helped me in building this
collection and in exhibiting them.
There is a need for a gold standard for all the collectors as there are
different classifications suggested by various authors. This website can be used
to achieve this goal
There are many coins, which are listed in books that may not be existing at all
ex: 1 anna 1936 Calcutta mint, 1/12 anna 1881 and 1896. c)
A minor variation is called as a new variety by few authors which may not merit
the status, never the less this website can be used to share the idea. d)
I wish this website will help coin collectors to identify and arrange their
All books list the coins denomination & year wise. If you are exhibiting the
coins this method of arrangement looks monotonous. Hence I have arranged all
coins, from 1/12 anna to gold mohur coins of a given year on one board as shown
in the picture. f) Checklist of
all coins from 1862-1947 is available on this site along with obverse, reverse
classifications and mintmarks with illustrations and photographs.
I thank my mother Bommakka and my wife Usha who encouraged me in my many hobbies. My children
Chetan and Avinash helped me in all aspects of this hobby
such as identifying & arranging, these coins for exhibitions, searching different
literature, giving lectures on these hobbies. They helped me inspite of their
medical education which needs lot of time and effort. Even to now they are
helping and encouraging me in preparing this website though they are in
different countries. Without their interest my collection would have been
meaningless. I also want to thank my daughters in law Ushma & Prajna for her
valuable input in the making of this website.
Dr Shivaji Brid professor of physiology and friend and colleague who
has taken thousands of wonderful photos. I admire his patience and for spending
lot of his valuable time for me.
Sri Mounesh Achari & Yuvaraj Achari, has taken huge
responsibility for preparing this website. They are calm and
intelligent and tried to understand what I wanted and the way I wanted this
4) Mr Basant Rathi from Kolkata who gave me rare and difficult
to find coins. He has a great collection of British India coins .He
has published many new varieties in British India coins. Soon he will be bringing out a book on the same subject.
Promod Vernekar from Belgaum who is responsible for giving me
large part of my collection for last 15 years.
G B Siddappa who have been friends for a long time and philatelists
and numismatists themselves have given me valuable support in all my activities.
7) I also like to thank Late Vishwanath Kheria
and his son Sudip Kheria, brothers Keerthi Parekh and Bharat
Parekh, and Rajaneesh Jain who helped me build my collection.