Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, December 24, released a commemorative Rs 100 coin in the fond memory of the late iconic Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi. The coin was released just a day before Vajpayee’s 94th birth anniversary. The anniversary will also be celebrated as Good Governance Day.

Speaking at the event to release the coin, PM Modi said, “The mind is not ready to believe that Atal Ji is no longer with us. He was a stalwart loved and respected across all sections of society.”

“As a speaker, he was unparalleled. He is among the best orators our nation has produced,” PM Modi also said. “The party which Atalji built has become among the largest political parties. Generations of Karyakartas were fortunate to be mentored by him.”

Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, BJP President, Amit Shah, Union Ministers Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Arun Jaitley and senior BJP leader LK Advani were also present at the occasion.

Former Prime Minister and BJP leader , Atal Bihari Vajpayee, passed away on August 16 at the age of 93 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi after a prolonged illness. Mr. Vajpyee has served as the Prime Minister for the country thrice and led the National Democractic Alliance (NDA) from 1998 to 2004.

He was the prime minister of the country for 13 days in 1996, 13 months in 1998 and for almost six years from 1999.

Here are some salient features of the coin:

  • One side of the coin will have a portrait of Vajpayee with his name inscribed in the Devanagari script as well as English.
  • The bottom of the image will have years 1924 and 2018 ? his birth and death years inscribed.
  • The coin will weigh 135 grams.
  • The Rs 100 coin is made up of silver (50 per cent), copper (40 per cent), nickel (5 percent) and zinc (5 percent)
  • It shall bear the Ashoka Pillar Lion Capital in the centre with ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below in the Devanagari script on the other side.
  • Left periphery will have ‘Bharat’ inscribed in Devanagari while the right side will have ‘India’ inscribed in English language. 

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