Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I just realized I'd never taken a picture of the currency used here in India. So, without delay, here they are. As far as we can tell, the largest bill is the 1000 rupee one, as this is what we were given when we first exchanged our US dollars. The other denominations are the 500, 100, 50 (not pictured - didn't have one), 20, 10, and 5 (also not pictured - I only have the coin version). As for coins, I've only seen 1, 2, and 5 rupee denominations.

The bills' sizes correspond to their denomination, with 1000 being the largest bill, and the 5 being the smallest. Makes sense. But when you get to coins, things get a little wild. As far as I can tell, there are no standard coins - they seem to change depending on the year. And I'm sorry I didn't have one to show you, but I've seen 1 rupee coins that are the same size as a 2 rupee. And as you can (hopefully) see in the pictures, the 5 rupee coin is available in gold, silver, fat, or skinny sizes. This has got to be a pain for the vending busines.

Front (above) and back (below) of the bills and coins.

Close-up of bill face

Coin closeup - US Quarter included for size comparison.

Other side of coins (also a closeup of the 10 rupee bill). Note the 5 rupee gold coin in the middle is thinner than the two surrounding it.


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