Monday, October 25, 2010
1991 Rajiv Gandhi one rupee coin
Weight 6.05 g
Diameter 26.0 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
This is a commemoration coin for Rajiv Gandhi, the former prime minister of Indiawas the 7th Prime Minister of India. He was assassinated on 21 May 1991 by a bomb blast. The coin has the Ashoka Pillar and the numeral one on the obverse and a portrait of Rajiv Gandhi on the reverse. The reverse also has words "RAJIV GANDHI" in English and "राजीव गांधी" in Hindi along with his lifespan (1944-1991) and his left facing image .The 1985 Indira Gandhi's death commemorative coin had Indra Gandhi's right facing image whereas her son's image is facing left .It is not purely a left facing portrait like the queen Victoria series coin.Rajiv Gandhi's face is turned in the front position towards right thus highlighting the left part of his face.