A Journey through the changing Shapes of Indian Coins

Finally the Indian Rupee has its identity, today let me take you to short journey of the different shapes of the Indian coins from 1957 till date. The shapes and the designs of the coins have undergone a big transformation.

India’s first decimal coins were first introduced in 1957. The set of six coin sets were odd in shape and also in name. The shapes of these coins really helped the blind people to identify and distinguish from other. All the coins were dated 1957 except 50 paisa coin dated as 1960. The Ashoka lion capital is the national emblem of our nation. The decimal coins were known as –

  1. 1 naiya paisa round in shape
  2. 2 naiya paisa scalloped edged
  3. 5 naiya paisa squared out
  4. 10 naiya paisa again scalloped edge but bigger in dimension
  5. 25 naiya paisa round in shape
  6. 50 naiya paisa again round in shape but bigger in size.

 Decimal coins of India

But before we go ahead, did you know that there was a 4 Ana note ( equals 24Paise ) was there at times when kings used to rule India. Catch a Glimpse below which is showcased in museum of Jaisalmer Fort

Charana Note

In 1972 the picture changed. The face of the India coins took a new image from 1972. In total 10 set of coins were introduced with six different shapes. Variety of new shapes formed the modern Indian coin.

  1. 1972 – 1 paisa in square shape unlike round in 1957
  2.  1976 – 2 naiya paisa has scalloped edges
  3. 1971 – 3 paisa was introduced in six sided shape
  4. 1993 – 5 naiya paisa was square in shape
  5. 1988 – 10 paisa small in size was in stainless steel
  6. 1988 – 20 paisa seven sided coin
  7. 1995 – 25 paisa came with an unique image of rhinoceros
  8. 1999 – 50 paisa with the image of the Parliament building encircling the map of India
  9. 2001 – 1 rupee in stainless steel
  10. 2002 – 2 rupee coin unique in shape with 11 sides in total.

 Coins of Modern India

Recently five new coins have been added. All are unique and has a special message engraved.

  • 1 rupee coin has a gesture of thumbs up and the 2 rupee coin has an image of peace sign.
  • Two different 5 rupee coins were introduced made in aluminium bronze alloy.

All these four coins were dated 2009. Recently introduced 10 rupee coin dated 2006 is bi-metallic and different from the lot.

New Coins of India

Now the small coins i.e upto 50 paisa coins are hardly in transaction. Many of us are in a habit of coin collection. It’s good when you collect and store one coin. We should not hold coins rather use them freely to maintain the smooth circulation of the coins. This will help our government in equitable handling of the coins.

For a detail study  of coins of India, visit the Official RBI site

Please note – the Govt of India has the sole right to mint the coins in India.


  1. Good collection for numismatists, those who don’t have physical coins/notes & invaluable information for students, particularly those who haven’t seen them at all.


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