“My life is my message”
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.
For Mahatma Gandhi, nonviolence went beyond independence and elections. It must be fully integrated “economically, politically and morally”. He understood that this would take a lifetime to achieve and that there was much more to be done.
“I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to Swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.” – One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought.
Source: Mahatma Gandhi [Last Phase, Vol. II (1958), P. 65]
Limited Edition Gandhi Coin Set
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.
Fine Silver Coin 1 of 5
Arriving in Bombay on January 9, 1915, Gandhi and his wife Kasturba received a warm welcome.
THE EAST INDIA COMPANY & GANDHI
Four centuries ago ships set sail in search of spices with little but a charter from Queen Elizabeth I.
Explorers and pioneers – they took risks, broke new ground and sometimes made mistakes. Without The East India Company, our world would not be what it is today. It changed the world’s tastes, its thinking, and its people, created new communities, shaped commerce, cities, and countries.
This coin collection in celebration of the Father of India, Mahatma Gandhi, represents a new chapter in The Company’s history, and echoes his famous words. In a romantic twist of fate, the company that once ruled India is now owned by Indians. The East India Company journey continues as a multi-faceted business trading once again in the commodities of by-gone days, learning from the past, to embrace a more tolerant and harmonious future
The Treasures of India
Celebrating India's rich and vibrant history, this unique collection of 5 Fine Silver 1oz CASH coins depicts India's most recognisable treasures, the Tiger, the Elephant, the Peacock, the Lotus and the Taj Mahal.