At one point in Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah, Yusuf stole a coin from his father's jacket pocket, which ended up being a "silver Rupee." I'm aware of Indian rupees, but they're currently definitely not made out of silver. In fact, if I'm reading the Wikipedia article correctly, the Indian government didn't issue silver Rupees post-independence; the last silver Rupees were the British regal issue, minted from 1862 - 1947.
Was the book referring to the British regal issue Indian rupees minted from 1862 to 1947, or to an entirely different currency? How did his father happen to have that currency in Tanzania?