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Portuguese India 1/2 Rupee, 1/4 Rupee, 1 Tanga 1947-1952
Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama first visited India in 1498. Portugal was the first European nation to establish colonies in India, and for many years enjoyed a profitable monopoly on European trade with India.  With the coming of the British and Dutch in the 17th century, Portuguese power declined, until all that was left were three minor outposts on the west coast of India; Goa, Damao and Diu.  In 1961, after years of preaching non-violence, India invaded and forcibly annexed these last remaining outposts.  We offer a three coin set from this now forgotten land.   The set that includes the bronze 1952 1 Tanga and the copper-nickel 1/4 and 1/2 Rupees issued from 1947 to 1952.  The coins grade Fine to Very Fine.  All the coins feature the arms of Portuguese India on one side and the denomination on the other.