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Interesting Facts About the Indian Rupee You Never Knew

Indian Rupee Facts

Even if you live on the other side of the world, you can still explore our list of 10 interesting facts about the Indian Rupee. Besides, these facts and tidbits might come in handy should you ever travel to Mumbai, the Taj Mahal, or somewhere else in India. Did you know that Calcutta had to deal with some serious money shortages? And you will never believe what they did to solve the problem! And guess how much old-school Rupees go for in auctions these days? You will have to read on to find out! Bottom line: the Rupee rules!

Facts about the Indian Rupee

1 Money Talks

The paper rupees have 15 different languages portrayed on them.

2 Still Going Strong

Thanks to a measure in 2011, rupee coins can denote values up to 1,000.

3 Go Big or Go Homeo

The first rupee coin denoting 1,000 notes was issued in 2012.

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4 Celebrating the Big 150

To honor the 150th birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, India issued 150 rupee coins in 2011.

5 Rupee Coins

Rupee coins were first distributed in 2010.

6 Not What Meets the Eye

Rupees are actually made out of a mixture of rags and cotton.

7 That’s a Lot of Money

In 1938 and 1954, a 10,000-note rupee was printed; the most expensive ones ever.

8 The Paper Currency Act

This 1861 measure was enacted to enable other institutions to print rupees.

9 The Rupee’s Beginnings

India first started using their paper money in the 1700s.

10 A Halt in Production

At the end of 1994, India stopped printing 1-note rupees due to high costs of production.

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11 Rupees are Accessible

For the blind, rupees have intaglio marks to help with value identification.

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Video: Secrets of the Indian Rupee

The Indian Rupee are some of the most incredible and beautiful banknotes in the world. The new(ish) series each feature Gandhi on the front and a UNESCO world heritage site on the reverse, except the 2000 which features the Mars Orbiter Mission.

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