Like every other modern day country, Pakistan also has its own currency known as Rupee. Ever since the independence in 1947, the currency of Pakistan has seen many different designs and shapes. The currency of Pakistan has a very rich timeline and over the years, many changes have been made for the convenience of the public. Until the year 1971, the Pakistani currency was printed in 2 languages i.e. Urdu and Bengali. Decimal coins known as “Paisa”were used till the 1980s. These coins were discontinued and were replaced by the currency notes. These decimal notes were also discontinued and were again replaced by the coins. In order to give you a better idea about the history of Pakistani currency, we have compiled 35 amazing facts along with pictures. Here they are:
1 – The word “Rupiya” is a word of Sanskrit language. The meaning of this word is “a coin of silver”
2 – The concept of the coins that are being used in Pakistan and elsewhere in the world, began in India, thousands of years ago.
3 – Sher Shah Suri introduced the first coin with the name “Rupee” in the year 1545.
4 – The coins which were issued after the year 1840 had Queen Victoria’s portrait.
5 – It was the shortage of silver that resulted in the introduction of the paper currency notes of One Rupees. This shortage happened during First World War.
6 – During the 1940s, a new series of coins known as Anna were introduced.
7 – The State of Hyderabad used to issue its own currency notes of 1 Rupee, 2 Rupees, and 1,000 Rupees.
8 – The state of Bahawalpur used the gold coins as its currency in the year 1947.
9 – The coins of one rupee and half rupee were introduced in the year 1948.
10 – Coins of 1 paisa, 2 paisa, 5 paisa, and 10 paisa were issued in 1962.
11 – The coin of 1 Rupee was again introduced in the year 19719.
12 – The coins of 2 Paisa were ceased in the year 1976.
13 – The coins of 1 Paisa were also ceased in 1979
14 – The coins of 5, 10, 25, and 50 paisa were also ceased in the year 1996.
15 – The coin of 1 Rupee was reintroduced in the year 1998.
16 – The one Rupee coin has the portrait of Quaid-e-Azam on the front side and the Shrine of Shahbaz Qalandar at the back side.
17 – The coins of 2 Rupee were introduced in the year 1998.
18 – Crescent and Star is present on the front side of the 2 Rupee coin. And Badshahi Mosque is present on the back of this coin.
19 – There are 2 variations of 2 Rupee coin. One has clouds in it and the other one does not have any clouds.
20 – The coin of 5 Rupee was introduced in the year 2002.
21 – The coins of 1 Rupee and 2 Rupee were changed to the aluminium coins in 2007.
22 – In 1947, after the independence, the Indian Rupees having Pakistani stamps were used as currency in Pakistan.
23 – The currency notes of 2 Rupees, 5 Rupees, 10 Rupees, and 100 Rupees were introduced in the year 1953.
24 – The currency note of 50 Rupees was introduced in the year 1957.
25 – This 50 Rupee note had two languages, Urdu and Bengali on it.
26 – The currency note of 500 Rupees was introduced in the year 1964.
27 – The 500 Rupee not was reintroduced in the year 1986.
28 – The Pakistani currency notes of 2 Rupees were reintroduced in the year 1985.
29 – The notes of 2 Rupee were replaced by the coins in the year 1998.
30 – The currency notes of 20 Rupees were introduced in 2005.
31 – The Pakistani currency notes of 5 Rupees were once again introduced in the year 2008.
32 – The 5 Rupee notes were discontinued in the year 2012 and were replaced by the 5 Rupee coin.
33 – The currency note of 5,000 Rupee was introduced in the year 2006.
34 – There are some rumors that the Government might soon issue the Pakistani currency note of 10,000 Rupees in the coming months.
35 – Do you know that:
- 100 Lac Rupees = 1 Crore Rupees
- 100 Crore Rupees = 1 Arab Rupees
- 100 Arab Rupees = 1 Kharab Rupees
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