NEW DELHI - Finally, the Indian rupee notes have found their place in the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) Museum, and all the credit goes to the Indian delegation of journalists, who visited Karachi last week. As a memento, the delegation offered Rs1,668 to be showcased at the museum.

According to the SBP, the Reserve bank of India had ignored their request, when they asked them to send some Indian rupees.  While taking the round of the museum, the 14 visiting Indian journalists found that currencies of different countries were kept except that of India. Some of the members questioned the museum director Dr Asma Ibrahim, and inquired why the Indian rupee notes and coins were not displayed. 

Asma Ibrahim said, “We had sent a request to several countries asking them to send their currency notes. And some of the countries responded by sending their notes and coins. Also, at times, foreigners, who used to visit the museum, would offer a note or coin as a souvenir.   The Indian journalists decided to gift the currency notes and coins to the museum. The delegation gifted  notes of Rs1,000, 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and coin of Rs2 and Re1, summing up to Rs1,668. 

“I am very happy to receive this beautiful gift. The museum is exhibiting currencies of at least 37 countries,” said Asma Ibrahim.

The SBP is the first money museum of Pakistan. The idea behind the museum was to make youngsters aware of the history of money and coins and the monetary policy of different countries.

The museum displays coins, which were used by the East India Company, and Pakistani coins from 1948. They also exhibit glorious civil and military medals of Pakistan. 

The stamp gallery is one of the attractions for tourists. In this gallery, authorities have displayed the first postal stamp of the world issued by Britain in 1840. These stamps were used as money during the Second World War. Therefore, they have been placed at this monetary museum.