Sometimes what the Government (in this case, RBI’s minting department) does is pretty hard to understand. Few months ago, citing displeasure from general public on dread similarities between the new Rs.5 coin and the old 50 paisa coin, the RBI has stopped minting such Rs.5 coins. Instead, it has gone back for the old coin with some additional weight for easy recognition of Rs.5 coin.
Now, it seems it has done the same, again. Just that it is Rs.2 coin now instead of Rs.5 coin. The reports are that the new 2011 Rs.2 coin has darn similarities to the current Rs.1 coin, the shape, weight and appearance in one side (tails). The only identifiable change is on the heads side, obviously, with the number ‘2’ implanted instead of ‘1’. There is now also a mention of the new rupee symbol on the heads side.
May be its easy to print these coins with fewer differences to current Rs.1 coin, but the minting company looks to continue with the new Rs.2 coin until reports again come that people are mistaking Rs.2 coin for Rs.1 coin, or vice-versa.