London. British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday announced the issuance of a series of coins in honor of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, coinciding with the biggest Hindu holiday, Diwali.
As Sunak explained in a statement, this is a tribute to an “influential leader who inspired millions of people around the world” and was “instrumental in the movement for India’s independence” from the United Kingdom in 1947.
The launch coincides with the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. But also with Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights is described, as Sunak recalls, as a “practicing Hindu.”
“This is the first time that Gandhi has been celebrated with an official currency of the United Kingdom,” the British Treasury said in its statement. They added that it was a way to “build a lasting relationship and cultural ties between London and New Delhi”.
Coins made of silver and gold range in value from 2 to 100 pounds.
Above them is the lotus, India’s national flower, along with a quote from Gandhi: “My life is my message.”
Additionally, other objects are offered within this campaign, such as a gold ingot representing the Hindu goddess of prosperity Lakshmi, a worship item during Diwali.
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