India 50-PAISE (KM66) Bengal Tiger
This circulating coin was issued in 1985 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Reserve Bank of India.
Krause and other online resources insist on calling this cat a lion, which it clearly is not. The confusion comes from the bank's first choice of logo, the East India Company's "Double Mohur", which you can see here. That logo features a lion. But the Reserve Bank of India replaced the lion with a Bengal Tiger, which is the country's national animal. Even without colour to guide you, there is no comparison between the body shape of a tiger (as seen on this coin), and a lion, as seen on the Double Mohur.
- Diameter: 24 mm
- Composition: Copper-Nickel
- CAT#: KM66