Coin Collection of 5 Limited Edition Silver 1oz Coins
2015 commemorates one hundred years of Mahatma Gandhi’s decision to dedicate his life to the Nation of India. In celebration of this momentous occasion The East India Company is releasing a series of five limited edition silver coins spanning the historic years from his arrival in India in 1915 to the celebration of Indian Independence Day in 1947.
1 troy oz
Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
GANDHI FIVE SILVER COIN SET
Mahatma Gandhi is a legendary and much loved figure both in India and around the world. His messages and teachings inspired apartheid and civil rights leaders worldwide including Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Dalai Lama.
Released on 2nd October 2015, Gandhi’s birth anniversary, recognised worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence, this limited edition collection of silver coins is issued in his honour as a lasting tribute to his message and teachings, commemorating 100 years since the return of Mahatma Gandhi to India.
GANDHI INDIAN INDEPENDENCE SILVER COIN
On August 15, 1947, India became free from British rule. However, it was divided with the creation of the new independent state of Pakistan. After years of struggle for freedom for a united India, violence broke out in some areas between communities of vastly diverse cultures and religions. For Gandhi this victory – independence – was hollow and tinged with sadness and disappointment at the events that were to follow. On the day India received the precious gift of freedom, he spent the day fasting and spinning his charkha.
An extraordinary human being whose ideology, based on the foundations of truth, honesty, nonviolence, hard work and service to humanity meant Mahatma Gandhi was and still remains one of the most important and influential people of all time. At the core of all his endeavours was the belief in the strength of the ordinary human being.
In 1893, at the young age of 24, whilst he was working as a lawyer in South Africa, he was brutally thrown down from a first class carriage of a train for being a non-white passenger in an all white carriage. This incident became a defining moment of change, not just for one man but for a whole nation.
Gandhi was to take up the fight against racial oppression with his weapon of nonviolence or Ahimsa and Satyagraha as his strategy. Satyagraha, or Force of Truth, embodies self-restraint through peaceful violation of certain laws, occasional mass protest or hartal, and spectacular marches nurtured by an indomitable spirit to fight repression without fear.
“ If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him … We need not wait to see what others do.”