Indian pie

A Bhopal State postage stamp worth 1 anna and three pies

A pie (abbreviated as Ps) was a unit of currency in India, Burma and Pakistan until 1947. It was the smallest currency unit, equal to ​13 of a paisa, ​112 of an anna or ​1192 of a rupee. During the mid-nineteenth century, one pie was worth 12 cowry.[1]

Minting of the pie ended in 1942, though it remained in circulation for a further five years. The pie was demonetised in 1947 as it had become practically worthless due to inflation.[note 1]

Notation[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Until 1966, India was a member of the sterling area, with the rupee pegged to the British pound sterling and having a value of 1s 6d, or 18 (old) pence; a pie was therefore worth 0.09 old pence in 1947. In 1947, however, a single old penny had an estimated purchasing power of 14 new pence (in 2014 values). Therefore, a pie had a value of 1.3 pence in 2014. (Schedule of Par Values, Currencies of Metropolitan Areas, The Statesman's Year Book 1947, pg xxiii, Macmillan & Co.; measuringworth.com/ppoweruk/)


  1. ^ Laughlin, J. Laurence (September 1893). "Indian Monetary History" (PDF). Journal of Political Economy. 1 (4): 593–596. doi:10.1086/250171. ISSN 0022-3808.