2021 Mahatma Gandhi £5 Coins
Celebrating the life and legacy of one of the world’s most pioneering and influential leaders, Mahatma Gandhi the coins are released in £5 brilliant uncirculated, silver and gold limited editions.
The Royal Mint has issued 3 new coins to remember Gandhi
Icon of Peace and Liberty
Chancellor Rishi Sunak reveals new £5 collectors coin to celebrate the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
- The first UK coin to celebrate the life of Mahatma Gandhi
- The reverse features one of Gandhi’s most famous quotes – ‘My life is my message’
- The coin design also features a lotus, the national flower of India
Gandhi £5 Coin
- SKU: UK21MGBU
- Issue Price: £13.00
- Grade: Brilliant Uncirculated
Gandhi 1oz Silver Coin
- SKU: UK21MGSP
- Issue Price £95.00
- Grade: Silver Proof
- Mintage: 2,500
Gandhi 1oz Gold Coin
- SKU: UK21MGGP
- Issue Price: £2,505.00
- Grade: Gold Coins
- Mintage: 175
The gold coin is a very low mintage and is showing as “Sold Out” on the Royal Mint website.
Who is Mahatma Gandhi?
Born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a lawyer, politician, philosopher and social activist.
Driven by his deep spiritual convictions, he is revered for his tireless fight for human rights and for leading the movement for Indian independence against Britain. Gandhi inspired millions with his insistence on peace and truth and his activism focused on Satyagraha or non-violent resistance. During his lifetime, his followers called him ‘Mahatma’, which is Sanskrit for ‘great soul’, and he is still widely recognised by that name today.
What is the coin design?
- Coin features image of India’s national flower and is part of the Royal Mint’s wider Diwali collection, including the UK’s first gold bar depicting an image of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi
- Commemorative coin launched to coincide with Diwali and in the 75th year of India’s Independence
Created by the designer Heena Glover, the Mahatma Gandhi 2021 UK Coin features a lotus, the national flower of India, which symbolises Gandhi’s gentleness, strength and his ability to thrive when faced with adversity. The coin’s reverse also features one of Gandhi’s most profound quotes – ‘My life is my message’.
The Mahatma Gandhi 2021 UK Coin is the perfect keepsake to commemorate an icon who changed the world and whose vision of hope, peace and tolerance still resonates more than seven decades after his death.
Why did you choose the lotus as the main focus of the design?
The lotus is the national flower of India. It symbolises rejuvenation, strength, grace and purity. It also grows in the mud, which I thought was a nice analogy for Gandhi’s life – his strength of character overcame all the challenges thrown at him to thrive. He was peaceful and gentle but strong, just like the lotus, and I’ve tried to convey that in my imagery.
What is the price of Mahatma Gandhi coins?
- £13 for the BUNC coin
- £95 for the silver coin
- £2,505 for the gold coin
Prices are subject to change at any time due to fluctuations in precious metal prices.
Which country has recently launched a commemorative coin celebrating the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi?
It is the duty of everyone to banish hatred and suspicion from his heart in order to establish peace and goodwill in the country. If you do not feel the presence of God within you and do not forget your petty internal quarrels, success in Kashmir or Junagadh would prove futile. Diwali cannot be celebrated until you bring back all the Muslims who have fled in fear…. May God illumine your hearts so that you can serve not only each other or India but the whole world.
– Mahatma Gandhi