The Pakistani Rupee (PKR)

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Written by: Muhammad Usman Bin Mujeeb   Class: 8, The City School

Money is the thing with which trade goes on. It is used internationally. It even has the same name i.e. money, though it is it is different in every country. It has different symbols, coins and notes. You may have used the Pakistani currency also called PKR. You may have bought things with it but have you ever taken a close look at the note or coin? It may have things you haven’t noticed before. Now let me tell about the amazing currency of Pakistan.

Rs. 1 coin: Look closely at this wonderful aluminum coin. You will see the picture of Quaid-e-Azam on its front and the picture of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s mausoleum at its back. You will see the small print in Urdu saying ‘1 rupee’. This coin is certainly interesting!

Rs. 2 coin: Have you ever taken a look at this brass plus aluminum coin? Just take a look and see the crescent and star on its front side and Badshahi Mosque at its back. The biggest mosque of Pakistan is stamped in an area of 1 ½ cm. Imagine! You also can see an inscription in Urdu which says, ‘2 rupees’. A coin collector’s reward!

Rs. 5 coin: This Cupro-Nickel coin gleams as it shows its print of the number 5 on its back. You may find the Rs. 2 coin similar because the Rs. 5 coin also has a crescent and star. The perfect coin to toss with!

Rs. 10 note: This green note is the smallest PKR note by both length and value. You will see the Khyber Pass on its back. the picture of Quaid-e-Azam will be seen on its front. It does not have intaglio lines at its side nor does it have any dots or dashes which act as identification marks.

Rs. 20 note: This orange-green note has the historical city Mohenjo-daro printed on its back. A portrait of Quaid-e-Azam is shown on its front. It is the first note to have Intaglio lines printed on it. It also bears a dash identification mark on its bottom left.

Rs. 50 note: Look closely at the royal-purple coloured note. You might gasp when you see the K2 peak printed on the note’s back. Like others, the picture of Quaid-e-Azam can be seen on the front. It has two dashes on its bottom left.

Rs. 100 note: This rich red-coloured note is filled with money. Three dashes on its bottom left show its value. the picture of Quaid-e-Azam is seen on the front and his residency ‘Ziarat’ can be seen at the back. Amazing!

Rs. 500 note: We don’t come across a Rs. 200 note but we directly came to the 500 one. This rich deep-green note has the picture of the Badshahi Mosque on its front just like the Rs. 2 coin. A portrait of Quaid-e-Azam appears on the front. A circle identification mark is printed on the note.

Rs. 1000 note: This dark-blue note looks expensive. It has the picture of Quaid-e-Azam printed on its front and Islamia College printed on its back. It has two circles.

Rs. 5000 note: We don’t have a Rs. 2000 note but we do have a 5000 one. Shah Faisal Mosque is shown on the back while, like others, the picture of Quaid-e-Azam is printed on the back. It is the biggest PKR note by both length and value.

 P.S: Paper notes are much more interesting. Hold them against the light and on the back you will see the picture of Quaid-e-Azam printed on the left and the value of the note. You will also see beautiful geometrical patterns on the both sides of the note. If you squint your eyes you will see the value of the note printed in many places. You will also see the State Bank’s Governor’s signature. At the front, you will see the production date of the note at its right e.g. 2006, 2007 etc. Just take a close look!