PKR – Pakistani Rupee

Monetary System

1947: 1 Pakistani rupee (PKR) = 16 anna = 64 paisa
1961: 1 Pakistani rupee (PKR) = 100 paisa

2005 – 2019 Issues

These notes feature entirely new designs and vibrant colors. In March 2017, the bank revised the 500, 1,000-, and 5,000-rupee notes with 10% larger OVI flag, SICPAPROTECT varnish, SICPATALK (CBA) infrared ink, and NEOMAG colored magnetic ink, all to enhance security, increase longevity, and ease machine readability.

Description: 10.00 PKR – Pakistani Rupee Size: 115 x 65 mm

Olive green, orange, and violet. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani). Back: English text; bank logo; flag atop Khyber Pass stone gateway in Peshawar. Solid security thread with printed STATE BANK OF PAKISTAN 10. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 10. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 115 x 65 mm. Paper.

Description: 20.00 PKR – Pakistani Rupee Size: 123 x 65 mm

Brown, yellow, and orange. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani). Back: English text; bank logo; Mohen-Jo-Daro (Mound of the Dead) archeological site in Larkana. Solid security thread with printed STATE BANK OF PAKISTAN 20. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 20. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 123 x 65 mm. Paper.

Description: 20.00 PKR – Pakistani Rupee Size: 123 x 65 mm

Orange, green, and yellow. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani). Back: English text; bank logo; Mohen-Jo-Daro (Mound of the Dead) archeological site in Larkana. Solid security thread with printed STATE BANK OF PAKISTAN 20. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 20. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 123 x 65 mm. Paper.
Like previous issue , but colors changed to avoid confusion with 5,000-rupee note.

Description: 50.00 PKR – Pakistani Rupee Size: 131 x 65 mm

Purple, violet, and orange. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani). Back: English text; bank logo; K2 peak in Karakorum Mountains between Pakistan and China. Solid security thread with printed STATE BANK OF PAKISTAN 50. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 50. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 131 x 65 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 PKR – Pakistani Rupee Size: 140 x 65 mm

Red, brown, and orange. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani). Back: English text; bank logo; trees and Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader, i.e. Mohammed Ali Jinnah) residency in Ziarat-Quetta. Windowed security thread with demetalized 100. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 100. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 140 x 65 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 PKR – Pakistani Rupee Size: 149 x 65 mm

Aqua, olive green, and light blue. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani). Back: English text; bank logo; Badshahi mosque (Royal mosque) in Lahore. Windowed security thread with demetalized 500. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 500. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 149 x 65 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 PKR – Pakistani Rupee Size: 149 x 65 mm

Aqua, olive green, and light blue. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani); OVI flag. Back: English text; bank logo; Badshahi mosque (Royal mosque) in Lahore. Windowed security thread with demetalized 500. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 500. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 149 x 65 mm. Paper.
Like previous issue, but with flag in green-to-magenta OVI added at right on the front.

Description: 1,000.00 PKR – Pakistani Rupee Size: 155 x 65 mm

Purple, light green, and light blue. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani); OVI flag. Back: English text; bank logo; trees, clock tower, and buildings at Islamia College University in Peshawar. Windowed security thread with demetalized 1000. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 155 x 65 mm. Paper.
This note caused a controversy because the flag at right front is lilac rather than green, and packs of note were bound with a paper band, not stapled as in the past. The bank explained that the Pakistani flag does not appear on any SBP notes; the crescent and five-pointed star is merely a security feature printed with magenta-to-green OVI. Furthermore, stapling was halted to increase the longevity of the notes.

Description: 5,000.00 PKR – Pakistani Rupee Size: 165 x 65 mm

Orange, brown, and red. Front: Urdu text; Mohammed Ali Jinnah wearing national dress (sherwani); OVI flag. Back: English text; bank logo; Faisal mosque in Islamabad. Windowed security thread with demetalized 5000. Watermark: Mohammed Ali Jinnah and electrotype 5000. Printer: (Pakistan Security Printing Corporation). 165 x 65 mm. Paper.

Pakistan

In August 1947, India and Pakistan declared independence from the United Kingdom. At the time, Pakistan consisted of the predominantly Muslim regions of West Pakistan and East Bengal (renamed East Pakistan in 1955), geographically separated by India, which was largely Hindu.

Staple Holes

Initially, brand new notes were delivered to banks stapled together in bundles of 100. However, during Ishrat Hussain’s tenure as governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (1999 – 2005), this practice was discontinued. As such staple holes are to be expected even in uncirculated condition.

Government of Pakistan

The issuance of 1-rupee notes is the responsibility of the Government of Pakistan (GOV), whereas higher denomination notes are issued by the State Bank of Pakistan. However, some of the earlier issues of higher denominations are inscribed as Government of Pakistan because they were designed prior to the establishment of the State Bank of Pakistan.