India ½-ANNA (KM2) Zebu Bull
Zebus (Bos taurus indicus) are a humped cattle (aka cow) of which there are about 75 known breeds. In India, known breeds make up less than 20% of the cattle population. The rest are cross-bred due to their sacred nature (they get free rein in many areas, and they don't get eaten).
Although the animal on this coin is sometimes identified as a Brahman Bull, that is not possible, since the Brahman breed was developed in the United States from cattle imported from India.
This is pre-decimal coinage, where 4 pice = 1 anna, and 16 annas = 1 rupee. This coin was minted in 1950, 1954, and 1955.
- Diameter: 19.9 mm
- Composition: Copper-Nickel
- CAT#: KM2.2