India 2-NAYE-PAISE (KM11) Asiatic Lions
Asiatic lions (aka Indian Lion, Persian Lion, Panthera leo persica) are a sub-species of lion that exist in a single population in India's Gujarat state. The image of the four Asiatic lions standing back to back are from the Ashoka Lion Capital (column top) dating back to around 250 BCE. This image of the capital was adopted as the official Emblem of India in 1950.
The scalloped 2-naye-paise coin was minted from the start of decimalization in 1957 until 1963. The same coin, but without the "naye", was minted ini 1964 (KM#12).
Thanks to Marilynn for donating this coin!
- Diameter: 18 mm
- Composition: Copper-nickel
- CAT#: KM11