India won its independence on 15th August, 1947. During the period of transition India retained the monetary system and the currency and coinage of the earlier period and introduced a new distinctive series of coins on 15th August, 1950.
Chronologically, the main considerations influencing the coinage policy of Republic India over time have been:
- The incorporation of symbols of sovereignty and indigenous motifs on independence;
- Coinage Reforms with the introduction of the metric system;
- The need felt from time to time to obviate the possibility of the metallic value of coins rising beyond the face value;
- The cost-benefit of coinisation of currency notes
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