Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The one ounce (1 oz) gold coins are denominated as One Hundred Pounds (£100).
The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.
This 1oz gold commemorative coin celebrates the life and legacy of one of the world’s most pioneering and influential leaders, Mahatma Gandhi.
The mint says:
"Born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a lawyer, politician, philosopher and social activist. Driven by his deep spiritual convictions, he is revered for his tireless fight for human rights and for leading the movement for Indian independence against Britain. Gandhi inspired millions with his insistence on peace and truth and his activism focused on Satyagraha or non-violent resistance. During his lifetime, his followers called him ‘Mahatma’, which is Sanskrit for ‘great soul’, and he is still widely recognised by that name today.
The Royal Mint is proud to honour one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century with a brand-new design. Created by the designer Heena Glover, the Mahatma Gandhi 2021 UK Coin features a lotus, the national flower of India, which symbolises Gandhi’s gentleness, strength and his ability to thrive when faced with adversity. The coin’s reverse also features one of Gandhi’s most profound quotes – ‘My life is my message’.
The Mahatma Gandhi 2021 UK Coin is the perfect keepsake to commemorate an icon who changed the world and whose vision of hope, peace and tolerance still resonates more than seven decades after his death."