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Pakistani Rupee Versus US Dollar

A Historical Review

In the time when the Pakistani Rupee is facing its lowest exchange rate in contrast to the US dollar, it is of utmost interest to people that what the history of the relationship of PKR and USD is since independence.

What was 1 USD to PKR in 1947 and how this journey evolved?  It was assumed that 1 USD to PKR in 1947 was equal.

But some economists claim that there is no exact value one can ascertain as at the eve of independence Pakistan has no balance for borrowing outside so PKR was most probably equal to USD.

The other side says that the Pakistani Rupee was never equal to the US Dollars because Pakistan was a British Colony and his direct link was with British Pounds. PKR was pegged to British Pound.

A graphical description of PKR against the US dollar from 1947 to 2021 is figured below:

Pakistani Rupee vs US Dollar

Pakistani Rupee Versus US Dollar

At that time the exchange rate.

  • For 1 rupee was a shilling and six-pence, around 13.33/Pound Sterling.
  • For 1 rupee was equal to 1GBP
  • 1 GBP was equal to 4.03 US Dollars


  • 1 USD was equal to PKR 3.31.

We will tell you the fluctuation of the Dollar rate in Pakistan  from 1947 to 2013 and then to 2013 to 2020

  • In 1947     1 USD was   3.31 PKR
  • In 1954     1 USD was     3  PKR
  • In 1964     1 USD was    3   PKR
  • In 1970     1 USD was    5   PKR
  • In 1974      1 USD was   10 PKR
  • In 1978      1 USD was   14 PKR
  • In 1984      1 USD was   17 PKR
  • In 1988      1 USD was   20 PKR
  • In 1990      1 USD was   22 PKR
  • In 1992      1 USD was   27 PKR
  • In 1993      1 USD was   30 PKR
  • In 1995      1 USD was   34 PKR
  • In 1996      1 USD was   40 PKR
  • In 1997      1 USD was   44 PKR
  • In 1998      1 USD was   50 PKR
  • In 1999      1 USD was    52 PKR
  • In 2001      1 USD was    58  PKR
  • In 2002      1 USD was    57 PKR
  • In 2004      1 USD was    55  PKR
  • In 2005      1 USD was    59 PKR
  • In 2006      1 USD was    61  PKR
  • In 2008      1 USD was    79  PKR
  • In 2010      1USD was     84 PKR
  • In 2011      1 USD was    90  PKR
  • In 2012      1 USD was    97 PKR
  • In 2013      1 USD was    108 PKR
  • In 2017      1 USD was    110 PKR
  • In 2018      1 USD was    139 PKR
  • In 2020      1 USD was     160 PKR

The Highest Rate recorded is during PPP and PMLN era. Now it is also mounting in the Tahreek e Insaf government.

Brief History of Pakistani Rupee

On Formation, this nation does not have its own currency. There was no central bank in Pakistan neither was any mint nor Texel. “For coping with this issue the Governor-General of United India passed a Pakistani Currency and Reserve Bank Order 1947 one day before partition on 13 August 1947”.

How much was 1 USD to PKR in 1947

This Order made the Reserve Bank of India the common currency authority for India and Pakistan till the date of 30 September 1948.

It was to allow an estimated cushion period of 1 year for a newborn States to start its own currency.

Till that time the Reserve Bank was legal tender. On 1st April Pakistan inaugurated its Currency Notes with the inscription of “Government of Pakistan” both in Urdu and English.

For seven-month period notes of the Reserve Bank of India and the Government of India continued to circulate in Pakistan, at the top of the white area of those Notes was reserved for the watermark of the words “GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN”, inscribed in English, meanwhile, at the bottom of the white area the Urdu rendition of the same phrase appears, i.e.“Hakoomat-e-Pakistan”.

For inscriptions, purpose printing plates were modified for avoiding forgery instead of overprinting.

Despite all difficulties of no resources and brains, the Minister of Finance made it Possible to set Up the State Bank of Pakistan on 12 May of 1948.

The government issued the “State Bank of Pakistan Order, 1948” on 12 May 1948 under the authority vested in the provisions of Section 9 of the Indian Independence Act,1947 by the Governor-General of Pakistan.

After that efforts for making their own currency notes were intensified. Our initial notes of Rs 5, 10, and 100 were designed by Thomas De La Rue & Company of Great Britain. The 5-rupee note’s colour was deep blue, the 10-rupee’s colour was red, and the 100-rupee note was in rich green colour. Rs.1 and Rs. 2 Currency Notes were produced by Bradbury Wilkinson and Company of Great Britain.

The foundation stone for the new Security Printing Press under the Pakistan Security Printing Corporation was laid in Karachi by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Governor-General of Pakistan, on 11 March 1949.

1 USD to PKR in 1947

1 Pakistani rupee had 16 ana and each ana having 4 paise, i.e. one rupee having 64 paisas and 1 anna was the basic unit in the form of the coin until 1960. After that Pakistan adopted The Metric System.

After that one Pakistani rupee contains 100 paise. Coins of the value of one, two, five, 10, 25, 50 paise also came in the market. Current currency notes in circulation are of Rs.5, 10, 20, 50,100, 500, 1000 and 5000 denominations.

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Nizam UD Deen

Nizam Ud Deen has started his professional carrier in 2014. He is now a CEO and Founder of an IT Firm "ORM Group of Services". He is working as a Digital Marketer in IT Field.

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