Government of India issued many coins minted by foreign mints during times of shortage of coins. Some coins were minted abroad and imported in 1857-58, 1943, 1985, 1997-2002 and these bear the mint marks of their origin. These coins are imported with the approval of Reserve Bank of India. All the coins minted in foreign mints are shown below:-
Foreign Mint Marks on Indian Coins
(a) SEOUL MINT(SOUTH KOREA)-The Seoul mint has a “Five Pointed Star"under the date of the coin but exactly below the first or Last Digits of dates 1985 and 1997.
(b) ROYAL MINT LONDON -The Birmingham Mint has a small dot under the date of the coin but exactly below the First Digit of Date 1985.
(c) HEATON PRESS MINT(U.K)-This Mint has Ornamental/ Decorated Letter "H"under the last digit of the date 1985.
(d) ROYAL CANADIAN MINT, OTTAWA-This Ottawa Mint has a "C" mint mark under the date of the coin.
(e) MEXICO MINT(OESCHGER MASDACH & Co.)-The Mexico City Mint has an mint mark of "M beneath O under " under the date of the coin.
(f) MOSCOW MINT – This mint has a mint mark of MMD in oval below the date of the coin.eg 2 rupee & 5 rupee(2000 A.D)
(g) KREMNCA MINT (SLOVAKIA REPUBLIC): Has mint mark of MK in circle below the date of the coin on rupee 1998-2000.
(h) PRETORIA MINT(SOUTH AFRICA MINT Co. pvt ltd) : has "M" under date in 1998 two rupee coin.
(i) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC