Coin is part of the Royal Mint’s wider Diwali collection, including the UK’s first gold bar depicting an image of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
Building on the enduring relationship and cultural connections between the UK and India, it is the first time that Gandhi has been commemorated on an official UK coin with the final design chosen by Rishi Sunak, who is the Master of the Mint.
Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the launch of the commemorative coin, saying he was proud to have unveiled the coin on the festive occasion.
“As a practicing Hindu, I am proud to unveil this coin during Diwali,” Sunak said.
“Mahatma Gandhi was instrumental in the movement for Indian independence and it is fantastic to have a UK coin commemorating his remarkable life for the first time,” Sunak added.
Indians typically exchange gifts, which include gold metal and coins, during the festive week of Diwali.
It is the first time Gandhi has been commemorated on an official UK coin. It will be available in both gold and silver.