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New 1 Rupee Coin

January 8, 2009


New things appeal to me but when it’s about currency it doesn’t excite me much. Because we all know how swiftly our currency has been devaluing day by day. So last month I was fairly surprised when the shopkeeper handed me a new one rupee coin. The design is the same but certain changes have been made.



Comparison with the old coin:

The old one was in bronze color. This one has a silver color.

The old one was heavy. The new one is lighter in weight.

The old one was thin in size. This one is almost double.

Side view

Side view


There was a time, not long ago, in early nineties when a tuck shop in our school would sell a samosa for one rupee. Now it’s about 4-5 rupees. Earlier when you used to give a rupee (note) or even coin (eight years ago) to the beggar he/she would raise hands to the sky and would drown you in the variety of prayers. Now, honestly, I feel shy giving a rupee coin to any beggar because I fear he/she would throw it on my face. You know what they say, “BBG, what’s the value of one rupee, at least give me five rupees. May Allah give you a lot.”

Times have been changed, so are the trends and what sucks is the devalued money. Now I realized what it means when elders used to say that in 60s or 70s they used to buy plenty of things for a few rupees.

God help us! Don’t know what lies ahead for this nation.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Saad Ibrahim permalink
    January 8, 2009 8:52 pm

    I agree with you on the Value Part🙂

  2. Cavaliere permalink
    January 8, 2009 10:45 pm

    What lies ahead is a ten rupee coin with ‘Mohtarma’s’ photograph on it🙂

  3. January 9, 2009 5:56 am

    [..]I feel shy giving a rupee coin to any beggar because I fear he/she would throw it on my face[…]
    Really, Im also scared of this

  4. bmk permalink
    January 9, 2009 8:08 am

    The latest 1 rupee coin’s of same stuff as that used to be of 6 Paisa or 10 Paisa coin.

    The afghani women of older age usually, have them on their dresses. Now, I expect to see 1 & 2 Rs. coin.

    I have yet to the 10 Rs. vala coin.

  5. Cavaliere permalink
    January 9, 2009 10:20 am

    What lies ahead is a Rs.10 coin with “Mohtarma’s” photo on it. Great, eh?

  6. Ayesha permalink
    January 9, 2009 10:51 am

    DFR: What should one do if there is only 50 Rs note along with 1 rupee coin and some beggar shows up?😀

    BMK: Yes, I remember that 5 and 10 paisa but that used to be thin. One rupee coin is thicker.

    I also haven’t seen the limited edition 10 rupees coin.

    Cav: Yes, it has her image on one side😕

  7. Saad Ibrahim permalink
    January 9, 2009 11:23 am

    “DFR: What should one do if there is only 50 Rs note along with 1 rupee coin and some beggar shows up? ”
    Simple don’t give anything

  8. bmk permalink
    January 9, 2009 1:10 pm

    Were there 5 paisa k coins too. I don’t remember. :O

  9. Ayesha permalink
    January 9, 2009 1:24 pm

    Yes, there used to be. I still have them somewhere… found out while cleaning the cupboards a few years ago.

  10. Ayesha permalink
    January 9, 2009 1:25 pm

    Saad: You think beggars can let go that easily?😛

  11. Muhammad Naveed Qamar permalink
    February 25, 2009 5:03 pm


    Please Be Careful. Pakistani One Rupee Coin Contains The Word ” محمد ” (Muhammad) On It. If you see The Quid-e-Azam’s Face Side of the Coin, You Will Find The Full Name Of The Quaid i.e ” محمّد علی جناح ” (Muhammad Ali Jinnah), which is written in Urdu. So The Word ” محـمـد ” is there on this coin. We just don’t care many-a-times while using this No-Value Coin containing a very valuable, priceless and honourable name on it. And we un-knowingly commit the sin of disgracing this name.

    Please Be Careful. And Our Government Should Take This Matter Into Her Priority Considerations.


    Muhammad Naveed Qamar

  12. permalink
    June 11, 2009 9:06 am

    i liked your post for 2 reasons:
    1. I am a numismat from Mumbai, India and I was googling for images of pakistani coins and came across this site, nice pics, thx for sharing🙂

    2. also enjoyed your experiences of buying a samosa for 1rs, i could empathize with that as was my case during school years…

    as most of the pple would say gone are those good ol days🙂

  13. December 4, 2011 1:42 am


  14. Asad permalink
    June 14, 2012 8:51 am

    hmm correct

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