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New Commemorative Coin on “200 Birth Anniversary of Tatya Tope”

October 11, 2015 Published by admin

Government of India is going to release new commemorative coins to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Great leader Tatya Tope soon. The Denomination of coins will be an issue of Rupees 200 and Rupees 10. Proof and UNC sets packs will be issued for the collectors from the mint. These will be available at a premium price determined by mint for pre- booking. The 10 Rupees coin will be for general circulation of commemorative coin.

200th birth anniversary of Great leader Tatya Tope

200th birth anniversary of Great leader Tatya Tope


Tatya Tope also known as Ram Chandra Pandurang was born in 1814 at village Gola in Maharashtra. His father, Pandurang Rao Tope was an important noble at the court of the Peshwa Baji Rao-II. He shifted his family with the ill-fated Peshwa to Bithur where his son became the most intimate friend of the Peshwa’s adopted son, Nana Dhundu Pant, known as Nana Saheb.

In 1851, when Lord Dalhousie deprived Nana Saheb of his father’s pension, Tatya Tope also became a sworn enemy of the British. In May 1857, when the political storm was gaining momentum, he won over the Indian troops of the East India Company, stationed at Kanpur, established Nana Saheb’s authority and became the Commander-in-Chief of his revolutionary forces.

After the reoccupation of Kanpur and separatoni from Nana Saheb, Tatya Tope shifted his headquarters to Kalpi to join hands with Rani Lakshmi Bai and led a revolt in Bundelkhand. He was routed at Betwa, Koonch, and Kalpi, but reached Gwalior and declared Nana Saheb as Peshwa with the support of the Gwalior contingent. Before he could consolidate his position he was defeated by General Rose in a memorable battle in which Rani Lakshmi Bai suffered martyrdom.

After losing Gwalior to the British, he launched a successful guerilla campaign in the Sagar and Narmada regions and in Khandesh and Rajasthan. The British forces failed to subdue him for over a year. He was, however, betrayed into the hands of the British by his trusted friend Man Singh, Chief of Narwar, while asleep in his camp in the Paron forest. He was captured and taken to Sipri where he was tried by a military court and executed at the gallows on April 18, 1859.


Details of coins:

Mint     : India Government Mint, Kolkata (A Unit of Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Ltd.)

Denomination            : Rs.200

Weight                         : 35 gms

Shape                          : Circular

Size dia                       : 44 mm

Composition              : Quaternary alloy: Silver 50 %, Copper 40 %, Nickel 5 % & Zinc 5 %

Denomination           : Rs. 10

Metal                          : Bi-Metallic Copper-nickel center in Aluminium-bronze ring

Weight                       : 7.71gm

Diameter                    : 27mm

Shape                         : Circular

Edge                            : plain