Taka: coin from People's Republic of Bangladesh; 100 poisha


2 taka, 2008: People's Republic of Bangladesh

2 taka, 2008: People's Republic of Bangladesh

Circulating commemorative coin from the "United Nations Literacy Decade" series.

২০০৮ ইং - বাংলাদেশ সবার জন্য শিক্ষা: 2008 (the date is indicated in Bengali /Bangla/ according to the Gregorian calendar, about which there is a corresponding note next to the number) - social motto "Bangladesh — education for all".

দুই - ২ - টাকা: two - 2 - taka.

A young schoolboy and a schoolgirl with open textbooks showing the first consonant // and vowel // letters of the Bengali alphabet, as well as the number 1 //.

The Bengali script divided into vowels and consonants, digits and other symbols.

TWO - 2 - TAKA (the denomination of the coin is duplicated in English).

Coat of arms of Bangladesh: stylized water lily; 4 stars — 4 principles of the constitution: nationalism, atheism (now: Islam), socialism (now: Islamic socialism), democracy; ears of rice; jute shamrock (three connected jute leaves).

Mintage: 200.000.000.

  • Stainless steel: 26 mm - 7.03 g
  • Reference price: 1.0$

COIN TAKA — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH (1975-...): taka = 100 poisha

TAKA as coin name.
Taka (Bengali "টাকা") — modern monetary unit and coin of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, divided into 100 poisha.
The national currency of Bangladesh was introduced in 1972, one year after the country's independence from Pakistan. It replaced the Pakistani rupee, which was previously used in the territory of East Pakistan (the name of Bangladesh within Pakistan).
First coins taka date back to 1975 (poisha was introduced two years earlier). First, a 1-taka coin from the FAO series was presented. Minting of this coin continued more than 30 years, only the parameters of the coin (metal, diameter, weight) changed. In 1994, a coin of 5 taka appeared, in 2004 – 2 taka. In parallel, commemorative/jubilee coins are introduced into circulation — a relatively small number of varieties of silver and gold Bangladeshi coins.
The name of the taka coin came from the Sanskrit word "tankah" (तन्कह् — ancient silver unit of weight measure). The word taka in Bengali is commonly used generically to mean any money / currency. Thus, usually the term "taka" is used to refer to money regardless of what currency it is denominated in. It is also common in some Indian states, where the official name of the Indian rupee is "taka".
Other coin names also have a similar etymology: tank, tanka, tangka... (all of them, according to researchers, have a common origin: it is likely that one of the names appeared first, and the others were already formed from it; there is no unanimous opinion)...