The Reserve Bank of
India (RBI) has announced new five rupee coins
Gandhi’s ‘75 Years of Dandi
March’ and social reformer ‘Mahatma Basaveshwara’.
In 1930 and to protest a British-imposed salt
Gandhi led Indians in a non violent, 400 km
(249 mi) Dandi Salt March. The journey began in
Sabarmati Ashram on March 12 and ended April 6
when Gandhi broke the British Salt Law at Dandi
at 6:30 am.
India’s Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh once
described Basaveshwara as an extraordinary
personality who wielded temporal power and, at
the same time, had a spiritual bent of mind.
He fought against ritualism and social
rigidities and for a more humane social order.
He was a crusader against untouchability and
worked to establish a classless and casteless
While no photo of the coins are currently
available, a RBI release indicated the reverse
of the Dandi March coin portrays Mahatma
marching with the words “75 YEARS OF DANDI
MARCH," and the figure 1930-2005 in
The reverse of the second commemorative coin
portrays Mahatma Basaveswara with the words
The obverse or heads side of each coin bears an
image of the Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar.
RBI indicates the coins will have a security
edge, described as follows:
The edge of the coin shall be security edge on
periphery. At the centre of the edge there shall
be shallow groove with a design inside the two
sections separated by blank spaces.
This design shall consist of chain of beads in
relief and each bead being followed by one
inclined line in relief. There shall be total 30
lines and 30 beads.
Coin specifications provided are:
Face Value: Five Rupees, or Rs5
Diameter: 23 mm
Composition: Iron - 82%, Chromium 18% (Ferritic
Stainless Steal, FSS)
Release date: Not provided
According to RBI, the legal tender coins will
not replace, but circulate together with
existing five rupee coins.
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