American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Drachmas, Doubloons and Dollars: The History of Money

Coins of the World

South and East Asia

In 1947, both India and Pakistan claimed their independence from the British colonial government that had ruled there since the late 18th century. The troubled aftermath of World War II led to revolution and the establishment of a communist government in China, while in Japan, the power of the Emperor was replaced by a constitutional democracy.

Indian aluminum-bronze 20 paise (1969) depicting an ancient Indian sculpture. This image is associated with King A┼Ťoka (270-232 BC) who was known for his tolerant and peace-loving nature.


Pakistani nickel rupee (1948).


Chinese aluminum 5 fen (1991) issued by the People's Republic.


Japanese copper-nickel 50 yen (1968) struck in the name of the Showa Emperor Hirohito (1901-1989).