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The Union Home Minister, Mr.Rajnath Singh released commemorative coins of denominations of ₹5 and ₹125 to mark the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India's first Prime Minister. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism, Dr Mahesh Sharma was also present at the launch function.
This marks the first time India is minting the odd denomination of ₹125
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Note: The coins are not yet released for either circulation or public bookings through mints. The booking dates will be announced in our
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|Posted on September 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
As a tribute to the heroic struggle of Indian immigrants against discriminatory immigration laws of Canada in the early years of twentieth century, the Government of India has decided to commemorate the centenary of Komagata Maru incident on completion of 100 years after the incident.
The inaugural function of the year-long centenary commemoration was organised here today by Union Ministry of Culture. Three granddaughters of Baba Gurdit Singh, the hero of the episode - Ms. Harbhajan Kaur, Ms. Satwant Kaur and Ms. Balbir Kaur were honoured by the Culture Minister Shri Shripad Naik on the occasion. A set of commemorative coins of denominations of Rs. 100 and Rs. 5 was released to mark the occasion.
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik releasing commemorative coins, at the inaugural function of the Centenary Commemoration of the “KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT”, in New Delhi on September 29, 2014. The Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Ravindra Singh is also seen.
KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT
On May 23, 1914, Komagata Maru, a Japanese steamer, carrying 376 passengers from Hong Kong, mostly being immigrants from Punjab, British India, arrived in Vancouver, Canada. It was denied docking by the Canadian authorities. Following a two months stalemate, the Ship was escorted out of the harbour by the Canadian Military and forced to sail back to India. The Komagata Maru arrived in Calcutta in September, 1914. The British Imperial Government saw the men on Komagata Maru as dangerous political agitators. The police went aboard the ship on 29th September, 1914 to arrest Baba Gurdit Singh and other leaders. The arrest was resisted by the passengers which led to police firing in which 19 passengers were killed. Baba Gurdit Singh escaped along with many others. The rest of the passengers were sent to Punjab.
Note: The coins are not yet released for either circulation or public bookings through mints. The booking dates will be announced in our Facebook Page as soon as advertised by mints in newspaper.
|Posted on August 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM||comments (0)|
Hyderabad Mint has opened public bookings of the following single coin sets:
• 60 Years of Coir Board
• 60 Years of I.G. Mint Kolkata
• 150 Years of Kuka Movement
• 150th of Birth Anniversary of Madan Mohan Malaviya
• 150th Birth Anniversary of Motilal Nehru
• 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda
Booking open from Aug 12, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014
Thanks to Vibhu Bansal for the info.
|Posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
Thanks to the efforts of a vigilant retired professor, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has managed to salvage a part of India’s numismatic history dating back to the 8 Century A.D. from the seemingly all-consuming sweep of urbanization.
Last month, the ASI excavated remains of a rectangular structure considered to be a mint of 8 Century vintage after a brief exploratory survey yielded 31 pieces of terracotta coin moulds for casting coins of King Mihira Bhoja, the ruler of the Pratihara dynasty between 836 and 885 A.D.
The exploratory survey was carried out after a retired professor of Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Manmohan Kumar, informed ASI about ancient mounds at Bohar Majra village in the district running the risk of being levelled as part of the building of new colonies in the area by the Haryana Urban Development Authority. Prof. Kumar cited the discovery of some terracotta moulds for making coins from the site as proof of the area being of archaeological value.
After the exploratory dig bore fruit, regular salvage excavation at the site was launched on February 15. So far seven trenches have been excavated revealing remains of a rectangular structure considered to be the mint, of almost 20 x 10 m which seems to have belonged to about 8 century and probably continued to exist till about 11 century AD.
According to ASI Additional Director General B.R. Mani, “The ceramic assemblage and other evidences of material culture suggest that it is a single culture site, though there are three structural places connected with the habitational deposit…The site has yielded hundreds of terracotta coin moulds and crucibles from the last phase of the site and an interesting fact is that some potsherds are having glazed surfaces of primitive type over red ware pottery. Knife edge bowls are the features of all the three phases of the site.”
The mint site is spread over an area of about 100 m in east-west and 50 m in north-south direction amidst a comparatively very large spread of an early medieval city site at village Majra which seems to have been occupied after the destruction of the earlier city site of Rohtak which is located at Khokra-Kot a few kilometres towards north-west from Majra.