Coins minted from 1862 through 1873 all
have the date 1862.
The legend reads "Victoria Queen" for coins dated 1862 -
It reads "Victoria Empress" for coins dated 1877 -
The Half Rupee coin has three distinct Obverse designs,
which can be identified by examining the panels on the front of the dress. Note
that similar types B and C do not both occur on the half rupees of any specific
year, so there should be no confusion.
Type A - The front of the dress has 4 panels. The
details in the panels is quite different from Type B and Type C. Type B - The front of the dress has 4-1/2 or 4-2/3 panels. The five
petaled flower in the bottom panel doesn't totally fit in the panel, unlike
with Type C below. This type is apparently seen only on coins of 1874 through
1877, 1881 and 1882 Type C - Similar to Type B, but the dress has 4-3/4 panels and the
floral design of the dress is different. This type is apparently unique to the
1862 issue. See comparison photos below.
The details in the floral design of the dress is different for all three