The central government will commemorate MGR’s birth centenary by introducing Rs 100 coins. According to The Indian Express, “The coins of the following denominations (Rs 100 and Rs 5) shall also be coined at the mint for issue under the authority of the central government to commemorate the occasion of Dr MG Ramachandran birth centenary,” the Ministry of Finance said.
The Rs 100 coin will be 44 millimetre in diameter and will be made up of silver, copper, nickel and zinc. The coin will weigh approximately 35 grams.
According to the notification, MGR’s portrait will be engraved on one side of the coin. His name in Devnagari script will be inscribed on the upper side of the coin, with ‘Dr MG Ramachandran Birth Centenary’ in English on the lower side.
The other side of the coin will bear the legend Satyamev Jayate in Devnagari. It shall also bear the Rupee symbol and denominational value Rs 100 in international numerals below the Lion Capitol.
The reverse of the Rs 100 coin shall bear the portrait of MGR in the centre, with inscription of MGR in Devnagari on upper periphery and Dr MG Ramachandran birth centenary in English on the lower periphery of the coin.
MGR began his career as an actor with Ellis R Dungan’s Sathi Leelavathi. He followed this with films such as Thirudadhe, Enga Veettu Pillai, Aayirathil Oruvan, Anbe Vaa, Mahadevi, Panam Padaithavan, Ulagam Sutrum Vaalibhan among others. His unsurpassed fame helped him in his political career. After founding the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, he served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for two terms.
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