Heard of Shrimad Rajendra? He was a Jain philosopher, poet and scholar. If you didn’t know this, you may well think that the Rs 10 coin issued in his honour is fake. But you are wrong. Reserve Bank of India has issued coins in honour of great historical personalities or to commemorate certain historical events or even to honour anniversaries of institutions. The Rs 10 coin issued in honour of Shrimad Rajendra is genuine and so are several other coins issued by RBI. 

In order to dispel fears of the general public, many of whom have been reluctant to accept certain coins, the RBI has issued a statement saying that it has issued 10 rupee coins in 14 different designs from the year 2009 onwards.

These are centred around various themes, many of whom you may not have heard about. However, coins issued in the themes listed below are real, genuine and official. Have a look:

Year of Issue Theme
2017 150th Birth Anniversary of Shrimad Rajendra
2017 125th Anniversary of the National Archives of India
2016 Birth Century of Swami Chinmayananda
2016 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr Ambedkar
2015 International Yoga Day
2015 Centenary commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa
2014 Diamond Jubilee of Coir Board
2013 Silver Jubilee of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board
2012 60 years of the Parliament of India
2010 RBI at 75
2010 Homi Bhabha Birth Centenary Year
2009 Unity in Diversity
2009 Connectivity and Information Technology

RBI said in the press release that “these coins have distinctive features to reflect various themes of economic, social and cultural values and are introduced from time to time”.

The Central Bank also advised banks to accept coins for transactions and exchange at all their branches.

Neil Borate

Neil Borate is Deputy Editor, RupeeIQ. He can be contacted at neil@rupeeiq.com.