- The Story of Bullion
- Our Collections
- The Story of Mohur
- The Story of Guinea
- By Royal Approval
The Story of Bullion
The East India Company’s history in Bullion began in the late 17th century when a cooperation with Moses Mocatta, led to the transportation of gold across the seas.
In 1697, The East India Company ships brought gold from Brazil to London in the first gold rush creating a need for a purpose-built vault to be established by the Bank of England. This was to be the beginning of the rise of London as one of the world’s leading bullion markets.
Today Bullion remains at the very heart of The East India Company – historically, the world’s pre-eminent trading corporation. Our precious metal collector and investment coins and bars continue with limited-edition collector coins, investment bullion range and precious metal tributes. Honoured and trusted for centuries, The East India Company Bullion remains today at the very heart of The Company.
Over three hundred years ago The East India Company was awarded the right to mint its own coins in the territories it administered by King Charles II in 1677. The Company was already heavily associated with the export of precious metal and by 1835 had established 14 mints across India, including Bombay, Calcutta, and Madras.
The Company’s coins are still revered and collected all over the world by numismatists and collectors and have for centuries, displayed an array of intricate designs, capturing moments in history for future generations to admire.
Designed and crafted with the world’s leading designers and engraver experts, The East India Company continues to this day to design some of the world’s most beautiful and sought-after coins and bars drawing on the inspiration of the past, with a fresh and modern twist.
The Story of Mohur
The Mohur was first recorded in 1540. Originated from the Mughal Empire of India and was the highest unit of currency in a system introduced by Emperor Sher Shah Suri, that also featured a silver coin ─ the Rupiya, now the Rupee, India’s national currency. Adopted by The East India Company it was the highest gold coin in its currency system.
Today’s Mohur coin takes its’ inspiration from its historic predecessor. Each Mohur specification is struck to the exact universal standard established by Sher Shah Suri, ensuring the historical authenticity of the coin.
Expertly sculpted by engravers at The Royal Mint, The East India Company Mohur Collection shows a true representation of the Lion and Palm tree motif as found on its 1835 predecessor. The regal Lion, strong and powerful, strides below the Palm Tree or Tree of Life, symbolising the historic strength and value of the Mohur coin.
The Story of Guinea
With a history deeply entwined with precious gold coins and the international bullion trade, the Guinea is one of the world’s most respected and reliable gold coins. The term ‘Guinea’, its weight and alloy is used to this day across the world to denote a trusted and reliable gold coin of the very highest quality.
First issued in 1663 in the reign of King Charles II, the Guinea travelled the world on The East India Company ships and was the very foundation of international trade and establishing its reputation of trust, quality, and reliability.
Today The East India Company Guinea remains one of the most admired displays of craftsmanship and artistry. Historically referred to as ‘An Ornament and a Safeguard’, the Guinea remains a measure of purity and trust for modern collectors and investors.
By Royal Approval
From its first voyage in 1601, the relationship between EIC and the British Monarchy has been historically intertwined. Queen Elizabeth I instructed Company merchants to take with them Britain’s very first international trade coin, Portcullis Money. In 1677, King Charles II awarded The Company permission to mint its own coinage and by 1835, King William IV granted The Company permission to mint coins bearing the Monarch’s Effigy.
Today we create legal tender coins for St Helena.
Fortified by The East India Company in 1657, St Helena became a vital refuelling port for Company Ships. The partnership between EIC & St Helena continues with a vision to bring stories to life by capturing them in precious metal for future generations to treasure. Each coin is fully approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and St Helena. The effigy of Her Majesty appears on our coins providing collectors and investors with added assurance of quality & specification.