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Thursday, September 23, 2010

1983 Fisheries coin (20 Paisa)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps developing countries and countries in transition modernise and improve agriculture, forestry  and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition  and food security for all.Fifteenth Session of the Committee on Fisheries, was held in Rome from 10 to 19 October 1983. The session also constituted the technical phase of the FAO World Conference on Fisheries Management and Development.Various countries issued commemorative coins on 'FAO' like Cyprus, Bangladesh ,India, Philippines and many more in the year 1983.India issued a 20 Paisa Aluminum coin  hexagonal in shape having a diameter of 26 x 24.5 mm and weight 2.2 gm.India and cuba depicted fisheries on their coin .It was the last commemorative coin issued on 20 paisa.ON one side two men are seen catching a fish using a net and in the background their boat is seen."Fisheries" is written in english and 'Matsya Udyog' is written in hindi with the year 1983 written at the top.Border is also provided in the coin.On the reverse side the denomination along with the Ashoka Sthamba is depicted.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

10 Paisa 1980



The first 10 paisa coin was struck in copper-nickel  in 1957 it was a coin of "Naye Paise" series .The shape of 10 paisa coin was Scalloped and it weighted 5 gram .From 1964 the "Naye Paise" term was dropped from the coin and the coin was minted in Aluminium and Manganese the shape remained the same  but the size increased from 23mm to 26 mm.In between 1968 to 1971 a  similar but  smaller 10 paisa coin of nickel-brass came into circulation.The pure Aluminium coin  came into circulation in 1971.This 1980 commemorative coin was issued in 1980  for "Rural Women's Advancement".It was a pure Aluminium coin whose diameter was 26 mm.This coin was very disimilar from the prevailing 10 paisa coin.On one side of the coin the Ashoka Sthamba is shown along with the denomination which is the specialty  of any commemorative coin .On the other side a women is shown doing some household work like washing clothes and behind her a thatched hut is shown which signifies a village house and "Rural Women Advancement" is written on the coin in English and Hindi along with the year 1980.The coin was issued in 1980 because the government had long been emphasizing the need for the development of rural women and their involvement in developmental activities five decades of planned development in India have not achieved much for women, especially rural women.A systematic analysis of the status and role of women in rural development strategies started with the National Plan of Action for Women (1976). For the first time a chapter on Women and Development appeared in the Sixth Five year plan (1980-85).