The Evolution of Pakistan Rupee

The Evolution of Pakistani Rupee

by Ali Asad
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As Pakistanis, we sometimes at any point wonder about the historical background and evolution of the Pakistani Rupee. We normally do not focus on the different portrayals of the currency that we utilize in our everyday life. A very significant rundown of smart and steady ideas has gone into molding the currency and how they are printed Indeed, even the coins we use have experienced a series of evolution. The currency which has seen a lot of evolution in the period of time is the coins. The evolution of coins was so sewer that children of the 2000s may just read it online or hear from their parents as an ambitious story.

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Let’s talk about the historical evolution of the Pakistani coins.

Initially, the Pakistani Rupee was floated in the market in Pakistan after the disintegration of the British Raj in 1947. At that time, Pakistan took its birth from the womb of India. It was unrealistic to set up a central financial banking system in the nation right away. At first, Pakistan utilized British Indian coins and notes just over-stepped with “Pakistan” on it. Alongside the currency notes of different denominations, new coins were also issued of lower volume with different denominations. Interestingly, after the partition the division of Pakistani and Indian coins was similar.


The Indian Rupee stamped with “Government of Pakistan”. Source WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

In 1948, coins were presented in categories of 1 pice, 1⁄2, 1 and 2 annas, 1⁄4, 1⁄2 and 1 rupee. 1 pie coins were included 1951. In 1961, coins for 1, 5 and 10 pice were given, followed later that very year by 1 paisa, 5 and 10 paise coins.

In 1963, 10 and 25 paise coins were introduced in the country, trailed by 2 paise the following year. 1 rupee coins were once again introduced in 1979, trailed by 2 rupees in 1998 and 5 rupees in 2002. 2 paise coins were last stamped in 1976, with 1 paisa coins stopping creation in 1979. The 5, 10, 25, and 50 paise all stopped creation in 1996. After 1960, Pakistan received the decimal measuring standard for its cash, and 1 Pakistani Rupee at that point had 100 paisa in it. The coins of the time were 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, and 50 paisa. A large portion of these stayed available for use till the 1990s before they were suspended by the authorities.

First Pakistani Rupee in 1948. Source: Numista

The 1 and 2-Rupee coins were given at around a similar time are as yet being used today, in spite of the fact that there has been an adjustment in the metal used to make them.

The breakdown of the coins was done like that one rupee was divided into 16 anas. Each of them consists of 4 pice or 12 pie. According to the further division of anas; each of the ana had 4 paisa in it. If we do the maths, it result that each of the Rupee had 64 paisa in it. Accordingly, the coins in circulation initially were 1 paisa, 2 paisa, 1 ana, 2 ana, 4 ana, 8 ana, and 1 Rupee.

A collection of “Paisas”. Source: Medium

Later, due to bureaucratic pressure and different proposals for officials, the currency was further divided on 1st January 1961. After the split, the rupee was sectioned further into 100 pice. Another change that was brought was the renaming of the currency. The coins were renamed in English paise (solitary paisa) later that very year.

Later, the authorities abandoned the coins and replaced them with notes. Similarly, the banknote of 5 rupees was also dismantled and was replaced by the coin and is available easily today. A 10-Rupee coin is additionally available for use however is seldom utilized.

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