Indian “Rupee” which has survived the changing kings and their titles, adorned the Ashokan Lion Capital (India’s National Emblem) proudly from 1950. As the years passed, India went on to mint many series (1950-1954 Anna Series and Post 1954 Decimal Series), experimenting with different denominations and metals. Today there are a total of 5 denominations of coins in circulation: 50 paise, 1 rupee, 2 rupees, 5 rupees and the recently introduced 10 rupees.
In 2005 Reserve Bank of India (RBI) introduced a rupee 10 coin, making it the highest-denomination coin minted in India. These new coins struck in the bi-metallic composition have an aluminium-bronze outer ring and a copper-nickel core. The design has remained consistent with the pride of Indian culture in “Unity in Diversity” and has a double lined cross dividing four dots (the symbol is generally interpreted as four heads sharing a common body).
The design change of 2008 welcomed the new age of “Technology & Connectivity” by depicting the rising IT field symbolically through the rays of a rising sun (15 rays). The design further changed in 2011 and depicted the new rupee symbol with 10 rays instead of 15.
Since its introduction in 2005, the Rupee 10 coins have been minted at the Hyderabad, Mumbai Kolkata and Noida mints.
Now you would certainly like to build your own rupee 10 coin collection, isn’t it?
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