1 USD to INR in 1947
September 30, 2020
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1 USD to INR in 1947 till 2020, Historical Exchange Rates Explained

1 USD to INR in 1947

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Before you read How much 1 USD to INR was in 1947, read recent USD-INR updates below and check the live US Dollar buying and selling rates in your city, by clicking here.

Recent USD-INR Update

Today’s Forecast – Nov 19, 2020 Expected High Expected Low
74.55 74.00
Commentary
After opening with a small negative gap at 74.49 yesterday against the previous day close of 74.4550, rupee immediately recovered in the opening hour to touch the day’s high of 74.0925 just after noon as NDF traders continued to pare down their recent long dollar positions and dollar supply increased in the domestic markets. There was no evidence of any RBI intervention to absorb the excess supply in the morning session and it was only dollar demand from corporate at the lower level that saw the rupee start to give up some its gains in the afternoon session. As corporate and some government payments hit the market, rupee fell to a low of 74.32/33 late afternoon at which stage, dollar selling by speculators and some FPI inflows helped rupee to recover sharply to close at 74.19. Rupee had earlier touched the day’s low of 74.53 in the opening minutes of the day. Out first target of 74.10 was touched yesterday but we still believe that there is a strong possibility of a move towards 73.90 in the coming days. It will off course depend on RBI’s action to absorb dollar supply as there is enough anecdotal evidence of good supply of dollars. There are also some corporate and government payments before year end which will prevent a large appreciation of rupee and our earlier stated trading band of 73.80-74.40 is likely to hold in the coming weeks. For today we have seen the dollar recover against major currencies overnight as the euphoria over the vaccine subsided and focus shifted to the current global economic problems and this has carried the dollar higher against rupee in the opening hour of currency futures trading. This is however unlikely to be sustained and we expect another attack at the 74.00/74.10 level in the coming few days. We repeat our yesterday recommendation to sell dollar receivable on any sudden surge of the spot towards the 74.50/60 level.

Take care. Stay safe.

DATE  OPEN CLOSE DAILY HIGH DAILY LOW
11/18/20 74.48 74.12 74.71 74.06
11/17/20 74.35 74.48 74.63 74.34
11/16/20 74.58 74.35 74.58 74.32
11/15/20 74.54 74.54 74.54 74.54

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In its 73 years of Independence history, India and her citizens have been quite vocal about their doubts and confusion towards the value and worth of India on the face of the global map. Be it in any or every front, and moreover, economically. None of us has had a past or maybe present where the question of knowing about the value of INR at its time of independence against USD hasn’t touched us.

Moreover, since the upliftment of the Indians through all these years, the growth of India in its education and awareness front has been commendable. Resulting in, the urge to know more about the past of India and her situations at every front. The popular outrage of Social Media that has brought citizens closer has uplifted the question that ‘How the Indian rupee was equal to 1 US dollar on 15th, August 1947” as a trend.

What’s been the value of 1 USD to INR since 1947 to 2020?

Breaking the monotony on this legendary question–How the Indian rupee has devalued since 1947 till date? We’ve come up with a detailed answer that clarifies the smog from this long-lived question. Honestly, it is nothing more than a myth. If you are thinking that exchanging 1 USD to INR in 1947 would have got you 1 Rupee exactly, then, sadly, that’s not true. ‘Why‘ do you ask? Here’s the answer:

  • When India got her independence in the year 1947- there were no outstanding credits on the
    the balance sheet of India that kept Indian Rupee at parity with the US Dollar.
  • Another fact that one should notice is that India was under British Raj prior to its independence thus, the Indian Rupee was pegged to Pounds then, keeping the value stable at that moment, which obviously, didn’t last long.
  • As reported: from 1927 to 1966, 1 pound valued to 13 INR. The arrangement ended in the year 1966 and the rupee started witnessing devaluation.
  • In fact, after the independence when India launched its 5 Year Plan, the Indian Rupee resultingly used to peg with the U.S. dollar at a rate of 7.5 rupees = 1 dollar until 1971.

Another question that arises is that —What was the actual worth of 1 USD to INR in 1947 exactly?

Although, after Independence, the Indian rupee continued to peg to the British pound at a rate of 1 rupee = 1 shilling and 6 pence what can be withdrawn from the stated that as 13 1/3 rupees per British pound. However, the sources state that British pound would have worth about 4 USD at that point of time – hence, concluding that the US Dollar would’ve been more than 3Rs then.
Don’t have time to read the whole post now: Here’s an infographic that will help you in knowing what you need to know:

Along with the confusions, there are two theories that make their fair share of rounds across the web about the value of 1USD to INR are mentioned hereunder:


1 usd to inr in 1947 to 2018

As suggested the infographic shows that there were two observations that are prevalently accepted by society. However, to break the truth, that none of them is true. The correct answer to this question is that whether 1 USD was equal to 1 INR in 1947 or not * as India was under the British rule until then, and as one of the British Colonies, the Indian Currency was then pegged against Pound during 1947 where 1Pound = 13 INR in 1947 until the Independence.

Also Read: Performance of the Indian Rupee vs US Dollar and other Emerging Market currencies & How Tourism can save the day for Indian Rupee

Note: India became a republic nation in 1950. The constitution of India came into existence in 1952. At that time 1 USD was equal to 4.16 INR or 1 USD =4.16 NCU. (NCU is National Currency Unit)

Introduction

US Dollars: No wonder, the US Dollar is one of the most popular, powerful and wanted currency in the world. It has been a central point of discussion all around the globe. As a Supreme Nation, the US dollar holds an extreme power valuing more than a fortune to many currencies. As the most powerful currency in the world, it is obvious that every country accepts it and deals moreover in it.

Its universal nature can be trusted by the testimonials –185 recognized currencies by International Standards Organization very few are traded outside their countries. Listed as one of the three most traded currencies in the world along with the Euro and Yen, the USD makes up almost 64% of the global trade, thus, concluding it to be the de-facto global currency of the world. Every Indian is excited to know the value conversions of the US dollars for all the years since its independence in 1947. It would be interesting to see the journey of the dollar to rupee from 1947 to the latest.

What was the Value of USD to INR from 1947 till 2020?

Are you amongst those readers from around the world who’ve asked us about the highest or the lowest value of 1 USD to INR after 1947 till date? If yes, then trust us, your search finishes right here. Go through the researched data that we at Bookmyforex.com have curated for all of you that are mentioned hereunder:

YEAR 1 USD TO INR YEAR 1 USD TO INR
1913 0.09 1982 9.46
1925 0.1 1983 10.1
1947 4.16 1984 11.36
1948 3.31 1985 12.37
1949 3.67 1986 12.61
1950 4.76 1987 12.96
1951 4.76 1988 13.92
1952 4.76 1989 16.23
1953 4.76 1990 17.5
1954 4.76 1991 22.74
1955 4.76 1992 25.92
1956 4.76 1993 30.49
1957 4.76 1994 31.37
1958 4.76 1995 32.43
1959 4.76 1996 35.43
1960 4.76 1997 36.31
1961 4.76 1998 41.26
1962 4.76 1999 43.06
1963 4.76 2000 44.94
1964 4.76 2001 47.19
1965 4.76 2002 48.61
1966 6.36 2003 46.58
1967 7.50 2004 45.32
1968 7.50 2005 44.1
1969 7.50 2006 45.31
1970 7.50 2007 41.35
1971 7.49 2008 43.51
1972 7.59 2009 48.41
1973 7.74 2010 45.73
1974 8.10 2011 46.67
1975 8.38 2012 53.44
1976 8.96 2013 56.57
1977 8.74 2014 62.33
1978 8.19 2015 62.97
1979 8.13 2016 66.46
1980 7.86 2017 67.79
1981 8.66 2018 70.09
2019 70.39 Jan 2020 71.29
Feb 2020 71.59 March 2020 74.53

Source: IMF, World Bank, OECD, Prof: Werner Antewelier, University of British Columbia

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1 USD to INR in 1947

Exchange Value of one Indian Rupee to one US Dollar and other currencies from 1947 to 2007

Currency ISO Code 1947 1949 1966 1995 1996 2000 2004 2006 2007
US Dollar USD 3.30 4.76 7.50 32.45 35.44 44.20 45.34 43.95 39.50
Bahraini Dinar BHD 13.35 91.75 91.24 117.78 120.39 120.40 109.59
Bangladeshi Takka BDT 0.84 0.84 0.77 0.66 0.63 0.57
Canadian Dollar CAD 5.90 23.63 26.00 30.28 34.91 41.09 42.92
Chinese Yuan CNY
Emirati Dirham AED
Euro EUR 42.41 44.40 41.52 56.38 64.12 68.03
New Zealand Dollar NZD 6.67 8.84 21.27 24.39 20.40 30.30 29.41 30.30
Japanese Yen JPY 6.6 0.01 2.08 32.66 32.96 41.79 41.87 38.93 35.00
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 17.80 115.5 114.5 144.9 153.3 155.5 144.6
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 1.55 1.55 2.07 12.97 14.11 11.84 11.91 12.36 11.98
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 0.8333 1.112 4.19 4.58 5.76 5.82 5.837 5.3
Pakistani Rupee PKR 1.33 1.08 0.95 0.80 0.77 0.75 0.67
British Pound GBP 13.33 13.33 17.76 51.14 55.38 68.11 83.06 80.63 76.38
Russian Ruble RUB 6.60 15.00 7.56 6.69 1.57
Saudi Riyal SAR 1.41
Singapore Dollar SGD 1.55 1.55 2.07 23.13 25.16 26.07 26.83 30.93 33.60
Srilankan Rupee LKR 1.33 0.63 0.64 0.58
Swiss Franc CHF 1.46 27.48
Australian Dollar AUD 5.33 27.69 26.07 33.28 34.02 34.60
Indonesian Rupiah IDR 37.01 69.35 66.10 187.39 197.25 202.19 221.11
South African Rand ZAR
Korean Won KRW
Thai Baht THB

Exchange Value of 1 Indian Rupee to 1 US Dollar and other currencies 2007-2018

Currency ISO Code 2008 2009 2010 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
US Dollar USD 48.76 45.33 45.00 68.80 66.07 66.73 67.19 65.11 70.09 70.39
Bahraini Dinar BHD 115.65 128.60 121.60 155.95 164.55 170.6 178.3 188.83 198.23
Bangladeshi Takka BDT 0.71 0.66 0.68 0.80 0.88 0.84 0.85 0.85 0.89
Canadian Dollar CAD 44.59 52.17 44.39 56.88 49.53 47.94 52.32 50.21 57.45
Chinese Yuan CNY 7.53 7.18 6.91 11.13 9.93 10.19 10.15 9.94 10.75
Emirati Dirham AED 13.22 14.02 12.82 18.23 17.24 17.47 18.26 17.73 20.35
Euro EUR 60.59 65.69 60.59 77.93 70.21 72.60 75.84 73.53 85.82
New Zealand Dollar NZD 30.59 30.08 32.94 48.05 50.62 44.73 46.776 49.49 49.52
Japanese Yen JPY 42.27 51.73 52.23 60.07 57.79 53.01 62.36 0.59 0.66
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 161.7 167.7 159.2 206.5 214.3 213.1 222.4 227.23 246.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 13.02 13.72 14.22 18.59 18.65 16.47 16.37 15.83 17.95
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 6.22 6.24 5.89 7.56 7.87 8.277 8.65 8.39 9.12
Pakistani Rupee PKR 0.61 0.59 0.53 0.57 0.60 0.62 0.64 0.62 0.61
British Pound GBP 71.33 83.63 70.63 91.08 100.51 98.11 92.00 83.87 98.21
Russian Ruble RUB 1.75 1.59 1.52 2.033 1.77 1.05 0.99 1.16 1.13
Saudi Riyal SAR 19.82 13.73 12.57 17.86 16.33 17.11 17.88 17.33 19.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 34.51 41.27 33.58 46.84 45.86 46.67 48.86 47.70 53.81
Srilankan Rupee LKR 0.51 0.45 0.42 0.47 0.46 0.45 0.46 0.42 0.43
Swiss Franc CHF 45.25 46.65 43.95 66.95 66.71 66.70 68.40 67.43 65.48
Australian Dollar AUD 36.81 38.22 42.00 56.36 54.91 48.21 49.96 49.91 52.64
Indonesian Rupiah IDR 222.96 214.66 198.92 178.54 194.44 208.72 198.07 208 212
South African Rand ZAR 5.20 6.51 6.50 6.59 5.57 4.90 5.01 5.25 5.60
Korean Won KRW 0.063 0.040 0.039 0.061 0.059 0.059 0.060 0.057 0.065
Thai Baht THB 1.39 1.42 1.40 2.12 1.90 1.91 1.92 1.923 2.25

Source: “historical exchange rates”. fxtop.com. Retrieved 2018-04-18. FXHistory: historical currency exchange rates” (database). OANDA Corporation.  xe.com 

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Read our Quora answer: How many INR were equal to 1 USD on 15 Aug 1947?

Note: This blog post answers the frequently asked question about “the value of Rupee versus US Dollar n 1947”. We have used historical data from the research done by Prof Werner Antwelier of the University of British Columbia. The research and data can be found here. Rupee may have depreciated with respect to Dollar but has shown significant improvement against other currencies like Euro & Pound…

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