“The future depends on what you do today.”
As World War II erupted, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that India was to join the war as a constituent of the
British Empire. Gandhi, and the Congress, denounced Nazism but
were adamant that India should not come to Britain’s aid while
Indians were being subjugated at home and ratified the “Quit India”
resolution, calling for “complete and immediate orderly withdrawal
of the British from India”.
Before the All India Congress Committee on 8th August 1942, Gandhi addressed all the people of India with the message; “Here is a mantra, a short one that I give you. You may imprint it on your hearts and let every breath of yours give expression to it. The mantra is: ‘Do or Die’. We shall either free India or die in the attempt.”
The following day Gandhi and members of the Congress were arrested. He and his wife Kasturba were imprisoned. Violent protests calling for Gandhi’s release erupted across the country. Tragically, Kasturba was to die in prison months before Gandhi was free. By 1944, most demonstrations had been suppressed, yet on his release Gandhi continued his resistance, undertaking a 21-day fast in protest of the violence used by the rioters. However, by the end of the war demand for independence in India could no longer be ignored.
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 5 of 5
On August 15, 1947, India became free from British rule.
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.