Honoured: 600 Mahatma Gandhi coins to launch soon

2008-08-05 00:00

To honour Mahatma Gandhi, the South African Mint is manufacturing 600 commemorative coins.

The coins will be officially launched on August 21 at the Durban Art Gallery.

The coins form part of the Protea series, which commemorates various aspects and important events in the history of SA.

In 2005, a theme celebrating the “Nobel Peace Prize Winners of South Africa” began with Chief Albert Luthuli as the first of South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize winners. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was featured on the 2006 Protea coins and the joint Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk, completed the theme in 2007.

The Protea coins series consists of three coins: 1 oz 24ct gold, 1/10th oz 24 ct gold and a R1 silver coin.

The launch is also part of Indian cultural festival, The Indian Experience, which includes a “Satyagraha” painting exhibition, a Goan food festival, musical Bollywood Love Story, a photographic exhibition and “Words on Water” — a literary festival with some of India’s leading authors.

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