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The UK has issued a commemorative coin to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of Diwali

The UK has issued a commemorative coin to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of Diwali

Britain on Thursday unveiled a new commemorative coin to commemorate Diwali, celebrating the life and heritage of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.

On the special coin available in gold and silver, the image of the lotus, the national flower of India, and one of Gandhi’s most famous quotes: “My life is my message”.

Rishi Sunak, Britain’s first Hindu finance minister, called it “a fitting tribute to an influential leader who inspired millions of people around the world.”

“As a Hindu, I am proud to issue this coin during Diwali,” said Sunak, whose father-in-law, Infosys founder Narayana Murthy, is one of India’s richest.

Gandhi, the leader of civil rights movements around the world, led the campaign against British rule in India, helping to achieve independence in 1947.

The £ 5 coin, which goes on sale on Thursday, is part of Royal Mint’s vast Diwali collection, including a gold nugget depicting Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.

Hindus are the third largest religious group in Britain after Christians and Muslims, and make up 1.6 percent of the population.

Most British Hindus are of Indian descent.

“I am pleased to issue the first British official coin to commemorate the life and heritage of Mahatma Gandhi,” said Nicola Howell, Chief Client Officer of Government-owned Mint.

“Beautiful design creates lasting relations and cultural ties between the UK and India,” he added.

About 10 million coins were distributed in October 2020 to celebrate British diversity.

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