The royal coin today (November 4) launched a new play celebrating the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the new Â£ 5 coin celebrating the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most influential leaders in the world.
This is the first time Gandhi has been commemorated on an official UK coin, designed and manufactured by the Royal Mint.
Struck in the 75 e year of independence of India, the piece of money features an image of a lotus, the national flower of India, and one of Gandhi’s most famous quotes – “My life is my message”.
Born in Porbandar, India, in 1869, Gandhi was instrumental in the Indian independence movement.
His disciples called him “Mahatma”, which means “great soul”, and he is still remembered by this name.
It is part of a larger Diwali collection offered by The Royal Mint, which includes 1g and 5g gold bars in henna wrapper, and the UK’s first gold bar depicting Lakshmi – the Hindu goddess of wealth.
The Lakshmi 20g Gold Bar was designed in partnership with the South Wales Hindu community, and on Diwali the Royal Mint will join the celebrations at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Cardiff as worshipers pray for Lakshmi and Ganesha for the coming year.
Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Master of the Mint, said: âThis coin is a fitting tribute to an influential leader who has inspired millions of people around the world for his social activism.
âAs a practicing Hindu, I am proud to unveil this piece during Diwali.
“Mahatma Gandhi was instrumental in the Indian independence movement and it is fantastic to have a British coin commemorating his remarkable life for the first time.”
Nicola Howell, Chief Customer Officer of The Royal Mint, said: âWe are delighted to unveil the UK’s first official coin commemorating the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.
“The beautiful design was struck in the 75 e year of Indian independence, and builds on the enduring relationship and cultural ties between the UK and India.
âWorking with the Hindu community in our heart of South Wales, we have also created a beautiful 20g gold bar depicting Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. We hope this will be a valuable addition for Diwali.
More information on the Mahatma Gandhi coin and the Diwali range of gold bars can be found on the Royal Mint website here.