Indian anna

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An 1835 quarter ānā.
Holed quarter ānās from 1943 and 45

An Anna was a currency unit formerly used in India, equal to 1/16 [1] rupee. It was subdivided into 4 Paise or 12 Pies (thus there were 64 paise in a rupee and 192 pies). The term belonged to the Muslim monetary system. The ānā is not commonly used since India decimalised its currency in 1957.

Sometimes, 50 Paise is colloquially referred to as 8 ānās (Atthanni in Hindi and Urdu, Ettu ānā, pronounced "Ettna", in Tamil and Malayalam, "Enimidi ANaalu" in Telugu and Entu AaNe, pronounced as "EntaNe", in Kannada) and 25 Paise as 4 ānās (Chawanni in Hindi and Urdu, Naal ānā, pronounced "Naalna", in Tamil and Malayalam, Nālu ānā, pronounced "Naalugu Anaalu", in Telugu and Naalku Aane, pronounced as "Naalkane", in Kannada).[citation needed]

There was a coin of one ānā, and also half-ānās of copper and two-ānā pieces of silver. The term ānā is frequently used to express a fraction of 1/16. Additionally, ānā denominated postage stamps used during the British Indian period.


  1. ^ "Republic India Coinage". Accessed 14 July 2011.


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