Two coins on 150 yrs of Ist War of Independence released

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New Delhi, Apr 24 (UNI) Two coins in the denominations of Rs 100 and Rs 5 to commemorate 150 years of the First War of Independence have been released.

The Rs 100 coin, weighing 35 grams, has a metal composition primarily of silver (50 per cent) with copper, nickel and zinc used in varying degrees. The Rs 5 coin weighs 9 grams and has a metal composition of copper and nickel in the ratio of 75:25.

The coins were released by the Prime Minister at a function at his official residence last week.

The face of the coin bears a combined portrait of General Tantya Tope and Emperor Bahadur Shah II flanking Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi in the battlefield.

While the Rs 100 coin is not meant for circulation, 2.5 million pieces of the other coin is being put in circulation by the Reserve Bank of India.

Sets of the two coins will be made available to collectors on payment by the India Government Mint, Mumbai. An advertisement in this regard will be issued shortly, the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, said in a release.


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