Pakistan Coinage: 1947 - 1948

Under Governor-General: Muhammad Ali Jinnah

  • 1947

    Currency: Rupee = 16 Anna = 64 Pice = 192 Pie

    The coins were two of a total six pairs of pattern Rupee prepared in 1947 prior to the commencement of coinage for the newly independent Republic of Pakistan. Neither of the designs was adopted and when Sinclair-Jones (Mint Master at Lahore) left Pakistan during the turmoil of the 1947-1948 riots, the four sets were lost and their present whereabouts is unknown. A pair of pattern Rupee dated 1947 were struck in nickel.

    1. Obverse: Crescent and star, value in Urdu above and in English below. Dates to the left and right. Reverse: Toughra within circle, "Government of Pakistan" written in the outer circle. It had a milled edge.
    2. Another pair of nickel pattern Rupee dated 1947 were also struck with slightly different design. Obverse: It had dates with "Government of Pakistan" legend written in the outer circle and Toughra within the inner circle. Reverse: Crescent and star, value in Urdu above and in English below with smaller stars on both left and right sides. It had a milled edge.
    3. According to Spinks, a nickel pattern Rupee dated 1947 as per adopted design of 1948 exists. It is possibly the only known specimen.

    1 Pice.

    Name 1 Pice.
    Year: 1948.
    Weight: 1.55g.
    Metal: Bronze (Cu=97% + Zn=2.5% + Sn=0.5%).
    Diameter: 21.3 mm with holed 9.4 mm.
    Edge: Plain.
    Alignment: Medal.
    Mint: Lahore.
    Obverse: Crescent and star on the right, divides value around the top while center hole divides date. Four stars around date.
    Reverse: "Government of Pakistan" legends in Urdu and English around center hole.
    Mintage: 25,740,000.
    Minted Years: 1948-1952 (except 1950).
    Note: Varieties exist.
  • 1/2 Anna (2 Pice)

    Name: 1/2 Anna (2 Pice).
    Year: 1948.
    Weight: 2.90g
    Metal: CuNi. (Cu=75% + Ni=25%).
    Diameter: Flat: 17.4 mm, Corner: 19.8 mm.
    Edge: Plain.
    Alignment: Medal.
    Mint: Probably Lahore, Bombay or Calcutta.
    Obverse: "Government of Pakistan" with date above tughra, flanked by two stars and sprigs at bottom, all within dotted circle.
    Reverse: Crescent on right, three stars and value above sprigs within dotted circle.
    Mintage: 73,920,000.
    Minted Years: 1948-1951 (except 1950).
    Note: N/A.
  • 1 Anna

    Name: 1 Anna.
    Year: 1948.
    Weight: 3.75g
    Metal: CuNi. (Cu=75% + Ni=25%).
    Diameter: Waved 12 Scallops; Size: 21 x 19.8 mm.
    Edge: Plain.
    Alignment: Medal.
    Mint: Probably Lahore, Bombay or Calcutta.
    Obverse: "Government of Pakistan" with date above tughra, flanked by two stars and sprigs at bottom, all within dotted circle.
    Reverse: Crescent on right, three stars and value above sprigs within dotted circle.
    Mintage: 73,460,000.
    Minted Years: 1948-1951 (except 1950).
    Note: N/A.
  • 2 Anna

    Name: 2 Anna.
    Year: 1948.
    Weight: 5.80g.
    Metal: CuNi. (Cu=75% + Ni=25%).
    Diameter: Flat: 22.3 mm, Corner: 25.4 mm.
    Edge: Plain.
    Alignment: Medal.
    Mint: Probably Lahore, Bombay or Calcutta.
    Obverse: "Government of Pakistan" with date above tughra, flanked by two stars and sprigs at bottom, all within dotted circle. One star in each corner.
    Reverse: Crescent on right, three stars and value above sprigs within dotted circle. One star in each corner.
    Mintage: 55,930,000.
    Minted Years: 1948-1951 (except 1950).
    Note: In 2011, Two Annas dated 1948 coin having moon facing left was seen. This issue is considered as mint sport.
  • 1/4 Rupee

    Name: 1/4 Rupee.
    Year: 1948.
    Weight: 2.75g.
    Metal: Ni. (Ni=100%).
    Diameter: 19 mm.
    Edge: Reeded.
    Alignment: Medal.
    Mint: Probably Lahore, Bombay or Calcutta.
    Obverse: "Government of Pakistan" with date above tughra, flanked by two stars and sprigs at bottom, all within dotted circle.
    Reverse: Crescent on right, three stars and value above sprigs within dotted circle.
    Mintage: 52,680,000.
    Minted Years: 1948-1951 (except 1950).
    Note: N/A
  • 1/4 Rupee

    Name: 1/2 Rupee.
    Year: 1948.
    Weight: 6.00g.
    Metal: Ni. (Ni=100%).
    Diameter: 24 mm.
    Edge: Reeded.
    Alignment: Medal.
    Mint: Probably Lahore, Bombay or Calcutta.
    Obverse: "Government of Pakistan" with date above tughra, flanked by two stars and sprigs at bottom, all within dotted circle.
    Reverse: Crescent on right, three stars and value above sprigs within dotted circle.
    Mintage: 33,260,000.
    Minted Years: 1948-1951 (except 1950).
    Note: N/A
  • Rupee

    Name: Rupee.
    Year: 1948.
    Weight: 11.50g.
    Metal: Ni. (Ni=100%).
    Diameter: 28 mm.
    Edge: Reeded.
    Alignment: Medal.
    Mint: Probably Lahore, Bombay or Calcutta.
    Obverse: "Government of Pakistan" with date above tughra, flanked by two stars and sprigs at bottom, all within dotted circle.
    Reverse: Crescent on right, three stars and value above sprigs within dotted circle.
    Mintage: 46,200,000.
    Minted Years: : 1948-1949.
    Note: N/A