Indian anna

An anna (or ānā) was a currency unit formerly used in India and Pakistan, equal to 116 of a rupee.[1] It was subdivided into 6.25 paisa or twelve pies (thus there were 100 paise or 192 pies in a rupee). The anna is very light-weighted. The term belonged to the Islamic monetary system. The anna was demonetised as a currency unit when India decimalised its currency in 1957, followed by Pakistan in 1961. It was replaced by the 5-paise coin, which was itself discontinued in 1994 and demonetised in 2011. Despite this, a 50-paise coin is still sometimes colloquially referred to as 8 annas today, with a 25-paise coin nicknamed 4 annas.

1 Indian anna
Obverse: Crowned bust of George VI, with lettering George VI King Emperor. Reverse: Year of minting and face value in numeral, English, Urdu, Bengali, Telugu and Devanagari scripts.
125,548,000 coins minted (1938 to 1940)

There was a coin of one anna, and also half-anna coins of copper and two-anna pieces of silver. The term anna is frequently used to express a fraction of 116. Additionally, anna-denominated postage stamps were used during the British Raj.


The first number is the number of rupees, the second is the number of annas (1/16), the third is the number of pice (1/64), and the fourth is the number of pies (1/192). Examples are below.

  • Rs 1/15/3/2 = Rs 1.9947
  • Rs 1/8/3 = Rs 1.546
  • Rs 1/4 = Rs 1.25


See also


  1. "Republic India Coinage".Accessed 14 July 2011.

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