Government announces new Rs.20 coin: How it is different from old coins

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The Government has announced new Rs.20 coin which will be in circulation soon. Shaped like a dodecagon, the outer ring of the coin will consist of 65% copper, 15% zinc and 20% nickel. The inner disc will be 75% copper, 20% zinc and 5% nickel. The new Rs.20 coin will weigh 8.54 grams in total. The coin comes 10 years after the last coin was released by the government, Rs.10 currency coin, that has over time seen many iterations and change in design. Unlike the Rs.10 coin, the new Rs.20 coin of 27mm will not have any markings around its edges.

new Rs.20 coin

One of the key features of the new Rs.20 coin is that it has several bearings around it which will make it easy to use by people with visual impairments. The coin is part of a new series of “visually impaired friendly circulation” coins of Re.1, Rs.2, Rs.5, Rs.10 and Rs.20 launched by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. Apart from the new Rs.20 coin which is 12-edged polygon shaped, rest of the coins from the new series shall be circular in shape.

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Blind children were invited to the launch event where the PM said that the “new circulation coins” with various differentiating features will help the visually impaired, adding that his government was sensitive to make every initiative “Divyang friendly”. 

Government announces new Rs.20 coin: Everything you need to know

  • As opposed to the current coins in existence, the Rs.20 coin will be 12 sided and not circular.
  • The outer ring will be made of nickel brass with a mix of copper: 65%, Zinc: 15% and nickel: 20%.
  • The centerpiece will be made of a mix of 75% copper, 20% Zinc and 5% nickel.
  • No serrations on the outer edge.
  • With various differentiating features, it will help the visually impaired in line with the government’s aim of making every initiative Divyang friendly.

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Obverse of the coin:

  • The face of the coin shall bear the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar with “Satyamev Jayate” inscribed below.
  • The left periphery will have ‘Bharat’ inscribed in Hindi while the right periphery will have with the word ‘INDIA’ in English.

Reverse of the coin:

  • Shall bear the denominational value ’20’.
  • ₹ symbol will show above the denominational value.
  • The left periphery of the coin will have the design of grain.

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