Just a day before late former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, PM Narendra Modi launched an Rs 100 coin in the memory of the Bharat Ratna award recipient Vajpayee, who passed away earlier this year.

Tomorrow is the birth anniversary of former PM of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away on August 16, 2018 at the age of 93. In the memory of the iconic leader of BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released a commemorative Rs 100 coin named after Vajpayee during a function attended by top BJP leaders and ministers including party president Amit Shah, veteran LK Advani and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. While launching the coin, PM Modi said how it he is “still not ready to believe that Atal Ji is no longer with us”, for he was “a stalwart loved and respected across all sections of society”.

 

The new commemorative Rs 100 coin is made of an alloy of silver, copper, nickel and zinc and weights 35 grams. On one side of the coin is the image of Vajpayee and his name inscribed in Hindi and English, and has the years 1924 and 2018 inscribed to mark the years of Vajpayee’s birth and death. And the other side of the coin bears the Ashoka Pillar Lion Capital in the centre with ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below in the Devanagari script on the other side. Also, the word “Bharat” will be inscribed on the left periphery in Devanagari while the right side will have ‘India’ inscribed in English language.

Since it is a commemorative coin, it will not be used as a regular daily currency, but will prove to be a precious and historic collectible – just like the Rs 75 coin that too will be released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The coin will be an addition to the number of tributes paid to Vajpayee, including – the naming of four Himalayan peaks after him and name change of Chhattisgarh’s Naya Raipur to Atal Nagar. He has also become the second BJP leader to have a portrait in Parliament’s Central Hall after Syama Prasad Mukherjee.