India, 50 Paise, 1985

Drum roll please…..

India, 50 paise, 1985 (KM #65)


Ever since India decimalized in 1957, the rupee has been subdivided into 100 paise, so this coin represents half a rupee (about 1.1 cents USD). In 1985, 50 paise was the third-largest out of seven denominations. Now it is the smallest value coin still used. This coin bears a star below the 1 in the date, indicating that it was struck at the Taegu Mint in Korea. It has been common for India to contract out the production of coins to foreign mints, though that practice has been done sparingly in the last decade. The floral decor around the coin is very attractive, in my opinion, and the relief detail on both faces is of higher quality than locally-made Indian coins.

Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 5.09 g
Diameter 24 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized yes

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2 Responses to “India, 50 Paise, 1985”

  1. Shel'Quala Hudson Says:

    how much is it worth

  2. deeplogic81 Says:

    Shel’Quala, this coin is worth slightly more than one U.S. cent at recent exchange rates. Circulated specimens can be found at U.S. local coin shows for less than ten cents. Better quality specimens are most often sold via eBay.

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