Introduction

Commemorative coins of India are usually issued to celebrate some special occasion or to mark a special event. They also have been issued as a mark of respect towards some distinguished individuals or monument. The first modern commemorative coin was issued in 1964 depicting India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. It was issued to commemorate his birth anniversary. Following that, many more commemorative coins have been issued. All four Indian mints, namely Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Noida, have produced commemorative coins. The commemorative coins may be issued for general circulation or for coin collectors in specially marketed packages.  These specially marketed packages can be either uncirculated sets or proof sets, the latter being more expensive. Commemorative coins have been issued in various denominations, ranging from 5 paise to 100 rupees. The lower denomination coins are usually for general circulation and their metal composition is usually in line with the regular coins, whereas the higher denominations usually contain some silver and are meant for collection purposes only. The lower denomination coins can be found in general circulation. The specially issued collector commemorative coins can be ordered directly from the mint during a specified time period. These can be found with various coin dealers at marked up prices. The UNC (uncirculated) sets and proof sets are issued by IG (Indian Government) mint, Alipore, Kolkata or IG mint, Mumbai. Did you know in the year 2006, Government of India took a decision to Corporatise all the Mints & Presses. Accordingly a Corporation named Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Ltd. was formed with all the Nine Units (Mints, Presses & Paper Mills) under Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. 

In order to obtain these coins directly from the mint please click on the following links. Recently Mumbai mint lets you order online using credit card. 

IG mint Kolkata: In order to place a order or download the form click here.

IG mint Mumbai: In order to place a order or download the form click here.

IG mint Hyderabad: In order to place an order or download the form click here. 

We have divided our website in to separate pages for each commemorative coin. Please click on the checklist link to browse through all the commemorative coins. Click on the link and it should take you to individual pages. The checklist is extensive but not complete. Please feel free to point out errors. Goodluck browsing the website and thank you for visiting www.indian-coins.com and www.indiannotes.com

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