We would often hear our grandparents say that when they were kids, they would get a coin of 25 paise to buy ice cream cones for the whole family. Then, our parents said that they got ₹2 coins to buy those cones. Today, we buy those for ₹50.
It is fascinating how price of a single commodity could take so many shapes, literally. 25 paise coins were round and small. ₹2 coins are a bit bigger. And the ₹50, well, they are no circular metal thing but a piece of rectangular paper.
Ever wondered how they came into existence? How they evolved? What are they backed by? How can a piece of paper hold monetary value?
about 3 months ago