British India, (Undated) Gold 5 Tolas
58.39 grams, Fr. 1611. The tola is an old Indian unit of weight. It was the equivalent of the silver rupee issued by the British East India Company. The most common size is the ten tola bar, but bars of five tolas (this lot), and one tola also exist. These tend to be more popular in India, however, tola bars are also popular in Pakistan, Singapore, and other parts of the Middle East. The Central Bank of India building is featured on the obverse of this square bar, on the reverse THE CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA LTD. BOMBAY outlines the border. H.M. MINT is at the top of the reverse, FINE 996.6 is divided by a crown, FIVE TOLAS in English and Indian lettering is below. Bright green-golden color and highly unusual. Ex. The Palace Collections, aka the King Farouk Collection
Sotheby's 1955, lot 882.
US$ 5,500 - 6,500
£4,500 - 5,300