Saturday, October 2, 2010
5 Rupee Coin 1989
The first five rupee coin was first minted in Independent India in 1985 it was not a circulation coin it was a commemorative coin issued on the death of Indira Gandhi.It was a copper-nickel coin the size of the coin was very big ,the diameter of the coin was 30mm.The normal coins in circulation were 22-25 mm.The coin made of the same metal was issued in 1989 to commemorate the Centennial of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's birth.The size was also similar to the 1985 coin .The normal 5 rupee coin for circulation was first minted in 1992 having a smaller size.
Jawaharlal Nehru was born on 14th November ,1889 and the year marked the 1st Centennial of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru , a set of three coins of 100, 5 and 1 rupee were issued with his portrait in 1989. .The government issued this coin as a respect to the first prime minister of India who was also the father of Smt Indira Gandhi on whose death a similar 5 rupee coin was issued .The same coin was issued on the death of Indira Gandhi and the Centennial of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's birth.