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1 Rupee 1935, India

in Krause book Number: 14b
Years of issue: 1935 (1940)
Edition: 250 000 000
Signatures: Controller of the currency: Mr. J. W. Kelly
Serie: Government of India
Specimen of: 1935
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 90 х 54
Printer: TDLR (Thomas de la Rue & Company), London

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1 Rupee 1935

Description

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1 Rupee 1935The Stars.

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1 Rupee 1935

Top right is the window with the portrait of HM The King George V. Around the portrait is an inscription: "George V King Emperor".

HM The King George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert, 3 June 1865 - 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death.

George was a grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. From 1877 to 1891, he served in the Royal Navy. On the death of Victoria in 1901, George's father became King Edward VII, and George was made Prince of Wales. On his father's death in 1910, he succeeded as King-Emperor of the British Empire. He was the only Emperor of India to be present at his own Delhi Durbar.

As a result of the First World War (1914-18), most other European empires fell while the British Empire expanded to its greatest effective extent. In 1917, George became the first monarch of the House of Windsor, which he renamed from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a result of anti-German public sentiment. His reign saw the rise of socialism, communism, fascism, Irish republicanism, and the Indian independence movement, all of which radically changed the political landscape. The Parliament Act 1911 established the supremacy of the elected British House of Commons over the unelected House of Lords. In 1924 he appointed the first Labour ministry and in 1931 the Statute of Westminster recognised the dominions of the Empire as separate, independent states within the Commonwealth of Nations. He was plagued by illness throughout much of his later reign and at his death was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.

Denominations in numerals are in top right corner and centered, in words also centered.

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1 Rupee 1935

Top left is the silver 1 Rupee coin with denomination in words and the year of issue.

Around it is a wreath of thistles (Scotland), The Tudor roseы (England) and Shamrocks (Northern Ireland).

Top centered is the crowned monogram of HM The King George VI.

Comments:

Bank IndiaOn the photo is the first Central Board of Directors; STANDING (Left to Right): Sundar Singh Majithia, U. Bah Oh, Shri Ram, Badridas Goenka, Edward Benthall, F.E. Dinshaw, J.W. Kelly, A.A. Bruce, M. Ramachandra Rao;

SITTING: Adam Hajee Mohammad Sait, Purshotamdas Thakurdas, James B. Taylor, Osborne A. Smith, Sikander Hyat-Khan, Homi Mehta, Muzammilullah Khan.

In 1935, it was decided to re-introduce the Rupee 1 note and Rs 250mn worth of notes were printed in England. However, these could not be introduced due to death of George V in Jan 1936.

It was only in 1940 following the outbreak of the Second World War and the ensuing commodity scarcity including Silver that, as a war measure, the British Govt of India decided to circulate these notes within India with a value considered at par with the metallic silver rupee.

This was a unique monetary phenomenon where notes of a ruler was introduced after his death.