Dubai exhibition commemorates 100th anniversary of Indian 1-Rupee note

Displays 100 different notes issued in the last century from 1917-2016, including the ones used in Gulf countries

  • The first 1 Rupee note of India was introduced in 1917, with the portrait of King George V.
  • The 1 Rupee note discontinued in 1994 was reintroduced after 21 years in 2015.

As the Indian one-rupee note completes its century, the people in the UAE will be treated to an exclusive display of100 different Indian one-rupee notes, issued from 1917 to 2016. To commemorate the occasion, Dubai-based numismatics company, Numisbing and International Bank Note Society, Dubai Chapter (IBNS Dubai) are jointly holding an exhibition to take visitors through the amazing 100 years journey of the 1 rupee note.The showcase will be held at the Numisbing Gallery in Deira on Maktoum Street from Friday, 28th April until May 14th 2017.

The show will be a history lesson in itself with the currency notes telling the tale, taking its viewers through the various epoch-making stages experienced by the British colonies – such as India, the Gulf countries, Portuguese and France –from the pre-independence upheavals to different post-independence phases and into the modern age.

Viewers will find original notes which were first issuedin India in 1917 by King George V, followed by King George VI, proposed one-rupee with Gandhi’s portraitin 1948, various Issues after independence till 1994, one-rupee note for exclusive use in Gulf countries, Burma, Pakistan, Hyderabad and territories of Portuguese and French India, up to the latest 2015 and 2016 Issues. The exhibits will be accompanied by detailed description and some interesting stories behind few notes. History buffs, in particular, will benefit from the information that will be disseminated at the exhibition.

“Until 1900s, one-rupee denomination in India was issued in coins; however, as the demand for metal shot up during and after World War I, notes were also introduced and the use of coins was reduced, but never completely eliminated,” explained Ram Kumar, Founder of Numisbing and President of IBNS Dubai Chapter, “Interestingly, in a reverse situation, the notes were replaced exclusively by coins in 1994 when their printing cost became very high, but was re-introduced in 2015.”

“However, this is a fact that many people are not aware of,” continued Steve Desouza, Co-founder of Numisbing and Secretary of IBNS, Dubai Chapter, “1 Rupee notes came back in circulation after a gap of nearly 21 years, the new note was similar in design as the old one, but in a slightly different colour. These notes are rarely seen in circulation since the denomination has very little spending value and people prefer to keep it with themselves.  Currently the cost of printing a 1 Rupee note is estimated to be Rs 1.14, but government is still printing them”.