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Subdivisions of Indian Rupee during 20th century


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July 20, 2024

  • In 1957, the rupee was decimalized and divided into 100 naye paise (Hindi for “new paise”); in 1964, the initial naye was dropped.
  • Many still refer to 25-, 50- and 75-paise coins as 4, 8, and 12 annas, respectively; compare the expression “two bits” in colloquial American English for a quarter-dollar coin.
  • The values of the subdivisions of the rupee during British rule (and in the first decade of independence) were:
Value (in anna)Popular nameValue (in paise)
16 anna1 rupee100 paise
8 anna1 ardharupee / 1 athanni (dheli)50 paise
4 anna1 pavala / 1 chawanni25 paise
2 anna1 beda / 1 duanni12 paise
1 anna1 ekanni6 paise
12 anna1 paraka / 1 taka / 1 adhanni3 paise
14 anna1 kani (pice) / 1 paisa (old paise)112 paise
18 anna1 dhela34 paisa
112 anna1 pie12 paisa

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