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
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.
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