Seer (unit)

Seer (unit)
An standard seer from Almora, India.

A Seer (also sihr) is an obsolete unit of mass and volume that was used in parts of Asia.



British Indian
units of mass

In India, the seer (Government seer) was defined by the Standards of Weights and Measures Act (No. 89 of 1956, amended in 1960 and 1964) as being exactly equal to 0.93310 kg (2.057131 lb). However there were many local variants of the seer in India.

Bengal 80 tolas of rice
South India mass of 24 current rupees
Chennai (formerly Madras) approx 25 lb (9.33 kg)
Juggerat mass of 40 local rupees
Mumbai (formerly Bombay) 28 lb (10.45 kg) called the Old Seer

Oman, Nepal and Pakistan

In Aden (Oman), Nepal, and Pakistan a seer was approximately 0.93310 kg (2.057 lb) derived from the Government seer of British colonial days.


In Afghanistan, it was a unit of mass, approximately 7.066 kg (15.58 lb).


In Persia (and later Iran), it was two units.

  1. The metric seer was 74.22 g (2.618 oz)
  2. The seer (sihr) was 160 g (5.64 oz)

Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, it was a measure of capacity, approximately 1.86 pint (1.024 litres)

See also


"Seer". Sizes, grades, units, scales, calendars, chronologies. Retrieved 2007-02-19.