Rupiya of Sher Shah Suri

2768

Rupiya of Sher Shah Suri

2768

Description

Rupiya (Sanskrit – Rupyaka) means a piece of silver. The currency of Rupiya or what we call the Rupee was introduced by Sher Shah Suri around 1540 CE. He standardised the weight of the Rupee at 178 grains (11.60 Gms) and gave it the name of Rupiya. The Mughal rulers continued with the currency of Rupiya along with its lower denomination the ‘Paisa’. It then became the standard currency for the whole of India and was introduced in other colonial countries during the British rule. The silver content of the rupee gradually decreased to such an extent that today it has no silver content at all. The present rupee coin is made of nickel.

The term Rupee is also used for currency in Nepal, Indonesia, Maldives, Mauritius, Pakistan, Seychelles and Sri Lanka.

Collection

Money

Object Type

Coin

Material

Silver

Culture/Period

Sūr dynasty

Technique

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Date

1538 – 1545 CE

Location

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Dimension

Weight: 11.2 gm