Obverse. Photo © Royal Mint
  • 2 Pounds 2021, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Mahatma Gandhi
  • 2 Pounds 2021, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Mahatma Gandhi
  • 2 Pounds 2021, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Mahatma Gandhi, Box with a certificate of authenticity
Description

The first time a UK coin has been struck in honour of Mahatma Gandhi. The commemorative coin was launched to coincide with Diwali and in the 75th year of India’s Independence.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869–1948) was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British rule and in turn to inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

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.

Gandhi's birthday, 2 October, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence. Gandhi is commonly, though not formally, considered the Father of the Nation in India and was commonly called Bapu (Gujarati: endearment for father, papa).

Obverse

The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewelry has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·FID·DEF·2 POUNDS·2021·
J.C

Reverse

Depicts an image of a lotus, India’s national flower, and one of Gandhi’s most famous quotes – ‘My life is my message’. The engraver's initials below.

Engraver: Heena Glover

MY LIFE IS MY MESSAGE · MAHATMA GANDHI
HG

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.999
Weight 31.21 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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