This is a silver coin issued when Goa was a Portuguese colony. The obverse reads “estado da India” meaning the “State of India” and states the value of the coin: “1/2 rupia”—rupia was the currency of Portuguese India from the late 17th century till the state dissolved. The emblem shows the Portuguese Coat of Arms, a design made especially for Goa. The reverse has the inscription “Republica Portuguesa” along with the date, and the flag of the last governor general of ‘Estado da India’.
TitleIndo Portuguese Colonial Issue, Silver 1/2 Rupia of Goa
ObverseEstado Da India 1/2 Rupia
ReverseRepublica Portuguesa 1936
Dimensions2.5cm - 3.0 cm