India 1 and 10 Rupees (Mahatma Gandhi)  1969
India 1 and 10 Rupees (Mahatma Gandhi) 1969

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement. He pioneered satyagraha, defined as resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa, or total nonviolence. This concept helped India to gain independence, and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He is often referred to as Mahatma Gandhi or 'Great Soul.'

Thanks to Wikipedia (what a terrifc web site!) for this important description of beloved Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. His likeness appears on 1 rupee and 10 rupees coins with his birth and death dates 1869 and 1948.

Rajeev has correctly stated that these coins were minted in 1969 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gandhi's birth.

As to the value of this coin, the 1 rupee is minted in nickel and is quite common, worth a few US dollars if in excellent condition.

The 10 rupees version is minted in silver. There were plenty made (12 million or so), and their value is derived mostly from silver content. Of course the silver value might pale in comparison to the sentimental value of owning a coin with Gandhi's likeness.

The 10 rupees contains 0.386 troy ounces of silver. Use a web site such as to look up the current value of one troy ounce of silver, then multiply by 0.386 to find the silver value of the 10 rupee coin.

Coin: 6615 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: RAJEEV PRASAD, Thu, 20-Jan-2011 07:52:52 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 04-Oct-2013 18:58:37 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Thu, 24-Sep-2015 14:09:03 GMT
Requester description: Easy to describe. On obverse, there is a picture of Mahatma Gandhi looking left. The words Mahatma Gandhi appear in English and Hindi (the official language of India) followed by 1869-1948. The coin was probably minted in 1969 which would have been the centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi, 'Father of the Indian nation' as he is popularly called. On the reverse is the 3-lion pillar emblem of the Indian Government with 10 written below it and the words Rupees India written in English and 'Bharat Rupiye' written in Hindi. The coin is perhaps of silver and was perhaps limited edition, as I have not seen it till I acquired this one recently.
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