India 25-PAISE (KM54) Indian Rhinoceros
The Indian Rhinoceros (aka the Great One-Horned Rhinoceros) is one of five surviving species of Rhino, and the only one with a single horn. They are the largest rhino, weighing up to 2,300 kg (even more in captivity). Once upon a time they roamed over large areas, but today are endangered due to poaching, mainly for their horn which is used in traditional Asian "medicine". Their horn is pure keratin, or densely compacted hair, and in reality does absolutely no good for anybody other than the rhino. A group of rhinos is called a 'crash' which seems appropriate. The Rhino is another magnificent creature who will likely disappear due to the fallacies of man.
In 1957, India switched to decimal coinage, with 100 Naye Paise to one Rupee. In 1964, the 'naye' was dropped and it became simply 'paise'.
This coin was issued from 1988 to 2002.
- Diameter: 19 mm
- Composition: Stainless Steel
- CAT#: KM54