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India Current and Next Bookings in 2017 
Coin Release and Dispatch Schedules


Commemorative Event
Release / Mint
Bookings
Dispatch
Silver Jubilee of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board [Coins of Rs 25, Rs 10 and Rs 5]
31-Jan-13
Mumbai
26-Aug-16 to 26-Oct-16
Re-Book 14-Nov-16 to 14-Jan-17
To Begin
Centenary of Komagata Maru [Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 5]
29-Sept-14
Mumbai
Pending
14-Nov-14
Mumbai
26-Aug-16 to 26-Oct-16
Re-Book 14-Nov-16 to 14-Jan-17
To Begin
[Coins of Rs 5 & Rs 100]
6-Jan-15
Kolkata
17-Aug-15 to 17-Oct-15
Extended 17-Dec-2015
From 2nd week of September
50 Years of BHEL [Coins of Rs 5 & Rs 50]
7-Jan-15
Kolkata
17-Aug-15 to 17-Oct-15
Extended 17-Dec-2015
From 1st week of Oct
100 years of Mahatma Gandhi's homecoming [Coins of Rs 10 & Rs 100]
8-Jan-15
Pending
Birth Centenary of Swami Chinmayananda [Coins of Rs 100 & Rs 10]
8-May-15
Kolkata
17-Aug-15 to 17-Oct-15
Extended 17-Dec-2015
From 3rd week of March 2016
Birth Centenary of Rani Gaidinliu [Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 5]
24-Aug-15
Kolkata
13-Jun-2016 to 13-Aug-2016
To Begin
Dr S Radhakrishnan [Coins of Rs 125 and Rs 10]
4-Sept-15
Kolkata
13-Jun-2016 to 13-Aug-2016
From 3rd week of Feb 2017
India Africa Summit [Coins of Rs 500 and Rs 5
29-Oct-15
Kolkata
13-Jun-2016 to 13-Aug-2016
To Begin
150th Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai [Coins of Rs 150 and Rs 10]
28-Jan-2016
Kolkata
13-Jun-2016 to 13-Aug-2016
To Begin
Birth Centenary Biju Patnaik [Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 5]
5-Mar-2016
Kolkata
Pending

125 Years of National Archives of India [Coins of Rs 125 and Rs 10]
11-Mar-2016
Mumbai
Pending

Tatya Tope – 200th Birth Centenary [Coins of Rs 200 and Rs 10]
18-Apr-2016
Kolkata
Pending

475th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap [Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 10]
9-May-2016
Mumbai
Pending

Banaras Hindu University [Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 10]
12-May-2016
Mumbai
Open 14-Nov-16 to 14-Jan-17
To Begin
25-Nov-2016
Kolkata
Pending

University of Mysore [Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 5]
23-Dec-2016
Mumbai
Pending







Possible New Coin Release / Issues of 2017 & 2018
Event
Denomination
Tentative Date
Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 5
2017
Coins of Rs 150 and Rs 10
2017



 60 Years of AIIMS
Coins of Rs 60 and Rs 5
TBC
 Sant Kabir
TBC
TBC






News Section

19-Mar-2017: Looks like the Rs coins of Allahabad Mint have been put into circulation. The coins are struck by Hyderabad Mint. Other mints busy with Proof sets [?]. Strangely there is no RBI press release.

लगता है के ५ रूपया,अल्लाहाबाद हाई कोर्ट का  सिक्का चलन मई आ गया है।  यह सिक्का हैदराबाद मिंट ने जारी किया है।  अस्चर्य कि बात यह है के RBI द्वारा कोई प्रेस रिलीज़ नहीं है।


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18-Mar-2017: Got my BHEL and Tata sets together. Hopefully everyone would get them soon.

मुझे मेरे भेल और टाटा  सेट्स मिल गये है। उम्मीद है सुब को बहुत जल्दी मिल जाएंगे
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12-Mar-2017: Revised version of the e.book Fake Coins of Republic India is available in the download section. It has more than 200+ fake coins listed.

नया किताब अभी उपलब्ध है। इस मैं २०० से जादा सिक्के की पुस्टि है जोकि नकली है।
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08-Mar-2017: Got a refund of rs 300 from SPMCIL. Don't know which bookings or mint.
My guess is the additional gateway fees charged is refunded

मुझे मिंट से ३०० रूपया का रिफंड मिला। अभी पता नहीं कौनसे मिंट ने रिफंड दिया और क्यों। लगता है गेटवे पेमेंट चार्जस रिफंड होगया है।
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03-Mar-2017: Received my Dr Radhakrishna sets. The strikes are good for Kolkata Mint. However the gumming meant the cover got damaged. After quite a few years, the package has reverted to older blister pack without any flip.

मेरा डॉ राधाकृष्ण सेट्स मिल गया। काफी अच्छा स्ट्राइक है। लेकिन पैकेजिंग मई गोंड की वाज से सुब ख़राब हो गया।
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26-Feb-2017: Thanking fellow collector, friend and guide, Mr Sanjay Kansal Ji, he gifted me the blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi 2 Coin set from Mumbai Mint. For images see the post.

मेरे प्रिया मित्र और शुभ चिंतक श्री संजय कंसल जी का आभारी हु। उनकी कृपा से मुझे माता वैष्णो देवी का आशीर्वाद मिला।
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23-Feb-2017: As reported by collectors in comments, Dispatched of Dr Radhakrishna sets have begun by Kolkata mint.
It is a different matter that dispatched of other sets like Chinmayananda, BHEL and Tata are not yet complete.
जैसा की आप ने पढ़ा होगा डॉ राधाकृष्ण के कॉइन सेट डिस्पैच होना चालू हो गए है। यह और बात है की पुराने सेट जैसे की स्वामी चिन्मयानन्द , भेल और टाटा का डिस्पैच अभी तक पूरा नहीं हुआ है।
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11-Feb-2017:
A heart felt thanks to all the readers and contributors. Quite a few have taken efforts to post comments as to when they received the set along with date they booked. The format of the site is blog and hence it is difficult for other readers to like a specific comment to show appreciation, I would say that most who follow this blog appreacite it.

Although Kolkata mint is calling and informing deliverys, a delay of nearly 18-20 months is simply unacceptable.

I finally got my Swami Chinmayananda sets yesterday. No sign of other sets.

सभी रीडर्स और कंट्रिब्यूटर्स को शुक्रिया।  काफी लोगो ने कमेंट मई अपना आर्डर नंबर लिखा है। इससे दूसरा लोगो को अपना आर्डर कभी आ रहा है उसकी जानकारी मिलते है।

कोल्कता मिंट करीबन १८-२० महीनो बाद डिलवेरी कर रहा है जो के अनूचित है।

मेरा स्वामी चिन्मयानंद सेट आखिर आ गया कल।  बाकि सेट्स के कोई जानकारी नहीं है।
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28-Jan-2017:
A revised Price list giving the list of commemorative, definitives and currency list is available in the the download section.

नया साल मई सिक्को के कीमत और लिस्ट जारी है। इसमे कमेमोरेटिव , डेफ़िनीटिव और कर्रेंइस के कीमत है।  इसे डाउनलोड पोस्ट मई देख 
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28-Jan-2017:
There are 3 new sets doing rounds in the market. The Commonwealth Games Single Coins of Denomination Rs 5 and Rs 2. These sets were apperantly minted during the Games for distribution to degnataries / participants. However these was not done. The coins have die of Kolkata Mint but were struck and packaged by Hyderabad Mint. As Mumbai Mint was co-ordinating the issue, these were in custody of Mumbai Mint. In the First ICCG Expo held from  20 to 22 Jan, there was a counter from Mumbai Mint and the sets were sold for the first time.
The second set is 2 coin set of Mata Vaishno Devi, these were minted for distribution amongst employees. Some sets have made way to the hands of dealers and collectors.
If anyone has more info please share.

आज कल बाजार मे ३ नया सेट्स के चार्चा हो रही है।  कॉमन वेल्थ गेम्स  सिंगल कॉइन्स डेनोमिनेशन Rs ५ और Rs २ । जानकर लोगो का कहना है की यह सेट्स २०१० गेम्स के दौरान उच लोगो और कहल खिलाडी मई बाटने के लिए बनाया गए थे। लेकिन ऐसे नहीं हुआ। इन सिक्का के खासियत यह है की इनके डाई कोल्कता मिंट कि है और इसे हैदराबाद मिंट ने मींटिंग किया है. लेकिन इनका डिस्ट्रीब्यूशन मुम्बई मिंट कर रहा है. २० जनुअरी २०१७  मई को कॉइन एक्सहिबिशन I.C.C.G ने आयोजित किया था उसमे र.बी.ई का स्टाल भी था और र.बी.ई ने फैले बार इसे बेचा।

दूसरा कॉइन सेट है २ कॉइन्स सेट माता वैष्णव देवी का, इन को माता देवी ट्रस्ट के एम्प्लाइज मई बाटने के लिए मुम्बई मिंट ने बनाया था।  लेकिन कुछ सेट्स डीलर्स और कलेक्टर्स के पास पाउच गया है.

अगर किसी के पास कुछ और जानकारी हो तो शेयर करे
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9-Jan-2017:
Like few issues of recent times, Even the National Archives of India looks to be put into Circulation without any press release. It seems that coins got distributed in different areas than Mumbai and Kolkata ... dealers have not yet got their hands on the stuff yet. It looks to be Noida Mint.

जैसा की कुछ सिक्कए के साथ हाल मैं हो रहा है वैसे ही नेशनल आर्काइव्ज वाले सिक्कए के साथ हुआ है. कॉइन्स सर्कुलेशन मैं आ गए है और कोई प्रेस्स रिलीज़ नहीं है. लगता है नॉएडा मिंट ने इस सिक्कको बनाया है.  


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1-Jan-2017: A revised version of "Proof and UNC Sets" e.book is available in the download section.

परूफ और UNC सेट्स पर पूरी जानकारी एक इ.बुक मैं उपलभद है डाउनलोड पेज पर

1-Jan-2017:
A very happy new year to all the members and fellow numismatists. Hopefully the hobby will be more cleaner this years. Happy Collecting.

 नया साल २०१७ से इंडियन कॉइन्स की जानकारी अभी हिंदी मैं भी 
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29-Dec-2016: Further inputs on the Ordinance that is drafted ... There will be specified fines ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 for continued possession of the demonetised notes. The fine will be a multiple of the number of notes found in possession beyond the permissible limit — 10 for souvenirs and 25 for the purpose of numismatics.

The limit of 25 notes is quite less. Quite a few collectors who do governor/year/inset wise would definitely have 115+ of these notes. Then there are quite a few who do fancy numbers or prefixes. And not to mention the duplicates that one keeps for exchange. So all in all looks like some relief to a collectors. At the same time, I guess the law is to catch hoarders and would go soft on collectors.
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28-Dec-2016: As per the TOI Article, the Ordinance is drafted to impose penalty for holding old notes. QUOTE
NEW DELHI: The government will soon issue an ordinance imposing a penalty for possession of scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes+ after the 50-day window for depositing old notes in banks ends on December 30.Possession of the old notes will only be permitted for the purpose of research and numismatics and the measure is intended to end any prospect of a "parallel currency" continuing after the deadline.UNQUOTE

This turns out to be a very good news for the collector. One can keep the older notes that are in collection.

The other question that generally seem to be going in minds of many is will the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes create value in future or will they be worthless peice of paper

With the general caveat, one can't really predict the future ... My take on this is

There are around 67 notes of Rs 500 with Governor/year/Inset theme. Around 45 in Rs 1000 ignoring the earlier issues.
Then there are people who also collect prefix. I don't have a count, but this would be substantial.

Before I go into what will happen, if we look at the past, the Rs 1000, Rs 5000 and Rs 10,000 were demonetized as we all know in 1978. There was substantial quantity that was not returned. From a ordinary collectors point of view Rs 1000 was too much to collect, quite a few had not even seen a Rs 1000 note in their lifetimes. During 1978, there may hardly be dozens who collected such items. The grade I officers salary used to be in few hundreds.

In 1990, due to inflation, Rs 1000 meant nothing, there was interest in collecting these notes. Rs 1000 notes then came into dealers hands, initially at very low price. Today the Rs 1000 note of Sen Gupta ... or the Temple notes [as they carried the image of Brihadeeswarar temple] go routinely for Rs 10K to Rs 15K; notes in good quality far excess of Rs 30-50K.  Similarly by HV Iyengar around 1.5 lacs. But B Rama Rau around Rs 30K.

The number of collectors of Notes is still substantially less than the hoard of notes that were not returned. So why did the price not come down? These are worthless piece of paper and they should be selling at Rs 100 - 200 ...

The number of Rs 5000 or Rs 10,000 notes I have seen in auctions is very minimal.

I can get  into multiple theories as to why this is happening ... but that is not the question.

Coming back to the question:
The number of people who collect Rs 500 and Rs 1000 today is substantial and this is bound to grow over period. Unlike in past, hoarders know there are collectors out there. In fact quite a bit of black money is captured / stored as rare notes so that even if there is IT raid, the value can't be proved.

In the immediate 6-8 months, there will be a general scramble. Remember the hoarders can't directly approach dealers because they will be afraid to get caught. After layers of middlemen, the market will find out the demand for the notes and the supply. During this process, dealers will also discover which notes / series / years / insets / prefixes / etc are rare which are abundant. There will be price discovery in 2018 and prices will kind of firm up by 2019 and remain at that level for some time, increase / decrease along with general market.

So my prediction; immediately in next 2-6 months, dealers will try and dump the notes they are holding at 1.2 to 1.5 times the rate saying golden opportunity etc. Toward the end of 2017, things will start showing real picture. In my view the earlier issues and the latest issues will be rare, along with few inset of intermediate years.
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27-Dec-2016: Just came across an interesting piece of history in India Proof/UNC Sets.
In past the Mint allowed the booking of the coins to be submitted over the counter at the mint. Once the booking was confirmed, during dispatch / delivery could also be obtained in person from the mint on producing the booking receipt. This practice was stopped in 2000's as it became difficult to manage and was restricted to only post deliveries.
It is interesting to note that the bill book used still had the denominations of Fisheries set released in 1987. The denominations then were a 2-coin set of Rs 100 and Rs 20 and Single Coin of Rs 100 and Rs 200. There is overwriting visible to make the 2-coin as 3 coin set and the Rs 100 as 2 Coin Set and Rs 20 as Rs 5 Single Coin set to enable booking of the Tourism set.


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23-Dec-2016: The coins on the Occasion of Centenary Celebrations of University of Mysore were released today by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the Crawford Hall in University of Mysore. For more details read the article here.

Among few exceptions, even there is an RBI press release that the Rs 5 coins will be put into circulation.
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22-Dec-2016: The Mysore University coins will be released tomorrow

22-Dec-2016: Hyderabad Mint has started the bookings of New Single Coin Sets. The bookings are open from 22-Dec-2016 to 21-Feb-2017. Almost all the pending coins are available for bookings. The Rs 5 coins are for Rs 333/- and Rs 10 for 381/-. The coins available are
Birth Centenary of Begum Akhtar
125th Birth Anniversary Dr BR Ambedkar
175th Birth Anniversary of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata
BHEL - 50 Years of Engineering Excellence
150th Anniversary of Allahabad High Court
125 years of National Archives of India
Birth Centenary of Swami Chinmayananda
Centenary Year of Banaras Hindu University
Silver Jubilee of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board
475th Birth Anniversary of Maharana Pratap

For more details read the Coin Bookings. If you are booking the coins for the first time, read this post.



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16-Dec-2016: RBI has put up a press release that Rs 500 notes with E inset and Star Series will be introduced.
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14-Dec-2016: Mumbai mint is participating in ICCG Numismatist expo

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12-Dec-2016: Thanks Saurab Basu. Posting his comments here for better readability.

Saurab Basu December 12, 2016 at 2:30 PM
The Mata Vaishno Devi, Nehru - 125th Birth Anniversary and Benaras Hindu University Sets would be dispatched January onwards. there is some procurement related issues with the Mumbai Mint and thus it is taking some time.

On the I.G. Mint Kolkata News, this letter has been received by me as well; but has no mention of the Two Sets booked in the same order - apart from Swami Chinmayananda Birth Centenary set to be delivered by Dec 2016. A System which needs rigor, possibly also hit due to the demonetization and with a delayed start; the arrivals are further delayed.

Finally, on the New Currency Notes that we have in the market now a days, getting used to the Size of an existing 100 Rupee Note and New 500 Rupee Note, needs caution at the time of handling. The 100 Rupee is bigger than the New 500 Rupee - So beware of bundling them together :)
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10-Dec-2016: Plastic Notes are back in news. Its been more than a decade that we keep hearing about the Plastic notes.
"It has been decided to print banknotes based on plastic or polymer substrate. The process of procurement has been initiated," minister of state for finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said in a written reply in Lok Sabha to a query whether RBI proposes to print plastic currency notes in place of paper ones.Recently there was controversy in UK that the plastic notes had "Beef Tallow" in them. There is general outrage and Bank of England is forced to look into this issue. Hopefully this will not derail the introduction of the notes in India
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5-Dec-2016: Although I am yet to receive any of the 3 sets ordered from Kolkata Mint last September [BHEL, Tata, Swami Chinmayananda]; the Kolkata Mint was kind enough to send me a letter for what seems to be the first time to indicate that there will be a delay in dispatching the Swami Chinmayananda sets and they will be dispatched by December 2016. There is no news or letters on other sets. Hopefully I will get it before I get old. :).
And No I am not the lucky one or filed an RTI, such a letter has been dispatched by speed post to all collectors whos order is pending.


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25-Nov-2016: Coins of Rs 500 and Rs 10 were released by the Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri N.K. Sinha as part of year-long celebrations of commemoration of “500th Anniversary of Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Coming to Vrindavan”, in New Delhi
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23-Nov-2016: Looks like Mysore university coins are set for release on 3rd December
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22-Nov-2016: Such is the quality of media reporting today that anything becomes a news. Times of India carried out an article both online as well as in print as to how a Rs 2000 note is listed on eBay at Rs 1.5 lacs. What the media does not understand is that one can list anything on eBay at any price. It does not mean that the item will get sold. The Rs 2000 note some idiot has listed at Rs 2 Crore. Does this mean it would get sold at that price? Nope. No way.



22-Nov-2016: If you see on 21-Oct, I had posted that there are incorrect reports in media calling genuine Rs 10 coins as fakes. I guess RBI has woken up to the damage and issued a correction via RBI Press Release that the said coins are genuine.

22-Nov-2016:
There are quite a few fake notes of Rs 2000 already in circulation. Most found are simple colored xerox. They are easy to find out. However there was another one reported today. This fake had security thread and Gandhi watermark. My guess is someone took a Rs 20 or lower denomination note and shrunk the image of Rs 2000 note and printed this on a genuine note of different denomination. Read the full Story here.
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14-Nov-2016:
Detailed Design features of the Rs 500 notes and Rs 2000 notes as explained by RBI
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14-Nov-2016:
Bookings for Banaras Hindu university coins open. Proof at Rs 3836 and UNC at Rs 3182. Re-booking for Vaishno Devi coins and Nehru coins also open. For more details read the Coin Bookings. If you are booking the coins for the first time, read this post.


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8-Nov-2016: RBI has finally put up the new note design and explained the security features of the Rs 500 and Rs 2000 note. There is no Rs 1000 note currently planned but may get introduced if needed.




8-Nov-2016: The new Rs 500 notes planned to be introduced have a very fresh design. Gandhi still is on the front, however the theme is quite different. The back is image of Red Fort. The security features of telescopic numbering continues. The design for the first time has the amount in Hindi numerals. Similarly the Rs 2000 notes planned to be introduced have Mars Orbiter or Mangal Yan on the back. Both notes also have the logo of swach bharat.

8-Nov-2016:20:35 hrs. If you are watching the Speech by Prime Minister Modi, the Rs 2000 hush hush now makes sense. From midnight today Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes are going to be discontinued and replaced by better security Rs 2000 notes. This will go a long way in unearthing black money






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7-Nov-2016: Related stories on Rs 2000 note. There is surprise all around. The notes are refreshing new design, for the first time it looks like the Numerals are also in Hindi. It has 7 bleed lines.
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5-Nov-2016: The Rs 2000 note looks a reality with quite a few images being circulating on FaceBook. It is surprising that there is still not news from RBI on this. Generally introduction of new denomination is followed by Gazette notification and tons of other related press releases.
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25-Oct-2016: If you have read through the comments of Mr Saurab Basu and Shreyash Bhandary, the Online Counter Sale product from Kolkata Mint is looting / duping buyers. The sets on offer are at exorbitant prices. Remember most of these sets went unsold in recent auction even for Rs 2500/-, with commission and shipping it would be around Rs 3300/-. Hopefully the dealers will not take undue advantage of such act by Mint.

2009
Proof
1 Coin
Louise Braille
719
2009
UNC
2 Coins
Louise Braille
6741
2003
UNC
2 Coins
150 Years of Indian Post
10441
2011
UNC
2 Coins
Income Tax
5665
2011
UNC
2 Coins
Rabindranath Tagore
6114
2009
Proof
2 Coins
Perarignar Anna Centenary
7492
2009
UNC
2 Coins
Perarignar Anna Centenary
6741
2006
Proof
2 Coins
ONGC
8077
2004
UNC
2 Coins
150 Years of Telecommunication
10441
2010
Proof
2 Coins
Dr Rajendra Prasad
7492
2010
UNC
2 Coins
Dr Rajendra Prasad
6741
2007
Proof
2 Coins
Platinum Jubilee of Indian Air Force
8904
2007
UNC
2 Coins
Platinum Jubilee of Indian Air Force
8003
2003
Proof
2 Coins
150 Glorious Years of Railways
12746
2003
UNC
2 Coins
150 Glorious Years of Railways
11433
2012
UNC
2 Coins
Swami Vivekananda
4234
2011
Proof
2 Coins
CAG
5873
2011
UNC
2 Coins
CAG
5300
2006
UNC
2 Coins
State Bank of India
8735
2012
Proof
2 Coins
60 Years of Kolkata Mint
4562
2012
UNC
2 Coins
60 Years of Kolkata Mint
4037
2012
Proof
2 Coins
XIX Common Wealth Games
5945
2012
UNC
2 Coins
XIX Common Wealth Games
5319


22-Oct-2016: There is a new in Hindu Business Line that Rs 2000/- notes will be put into circulation soon. I am very confident that this is more of a hoax. Not sure how a leading newspaper would fall for it.
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21-Oct-2016: Jignesh Shah a fellow collector/dealer pointed out a new item in Aajtak. In the enthusiasm to alert people to use correct Rs 10 coins. The article actually calls one of the designs from RBI from 2008 to 2010 fake. It clearly goes to show how little the Media knows.
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16-Oct-2016:
Sudhir Lunawantji informs me that he has received the Mata Vaishno Devi sets. Yet another instance of Mumbai Mint shipping items even before the bookings are closed. Great effort by the Mumbai Mint. Hopefully they keep up with the good work.
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15-Oct-2016:
Got a mail from Mumbai Mint to book for the Vaishno Devi and Nehru coins. The bookings close on 26-Oct. The Online booking already had images of Nehru set. It was good to see the images of coins and pack for Vaishno Devi set as well in the mail. See the post for images.
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7-Oct-2016:
If you have read the comment from Sai, the despatch of BHEL set's has begun.
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29-Sept-2016:
Just browsing through the recently concluded sale by Leading Auction House. The RBI Platinum Jubilee 5 coin Proof set normally is selling below Mint Issue price and one can get this set in Rs 3500 - Rs 4000 range. Inspite of this, there are generally no buyers. However the set in this leading Auction sold for Rs 16,000 + commission. This clearly indicates that there is substantial amount of shill bidding that goes on and buyer should be careful. The shill bidding may be by friends of person who are selling the set; the Auction house may or may not encourage / support. However in my view Auction House should be more proactive in identifying such things. I am not sure of this Auction House, but I did have different experience with other Auction House. Cavet Emptor.
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27-Sept-2016: Looks like the design of Shrimad Rajchandra is finalized. The release however is still quite sometime away and there is no confirmation of the release date.
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18-Sept-2016:
If you are yet to book the Mata Vaishno Devi and Nehru coins, be prepared to shell out more.
In what looks to be a first, Very Strangely, the Mint has increased the price of current bookings that are open by Rs 37, 30, 31 and 25. Not sure what led to the price change, but this could be more due to change in VAT rates imposed by Maharashtra Government recently.

The Mata Vaishno Devi Proof at Rs 4555 up by 37 compared to Rs 4518
The Mata Vaishno Devi UNC at Rs 3660 up by 30 compared to Rs 3630
The Nehru Proof at Rs 3761 up by Rs 31 compared to Rs 3760
The Nehru UNC at Rs 3107 up by Rs 25 compared to Rs 3082
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15-Sept-2016: The Rs 20 note with "R" inset becomes the first note issued by New Governor Urjit Patel. This would also be the first Rs 20 note with Telescopic Numbering.


15-Sept-2016: Just went through the prize realization of Imperial Auctions. There were 30 items in the Mint Sets / UNC Sets category. Most of the recent issues from 2003 till now, available for Rs 2500. Only 3 items got sold. Even after adding the Brokerage and exorbitant Rs 300 shipping, most sets would be in the range of  Rs 3200. From a seller point of view, after deducting Brokerage, he would have got around Rs 2200. This is much less than the price a seller would have paid to the mint for quite a few issue. So another pointer that the rates of Proofs and UNC are going down by the day and there are very few buyers in the market.
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10-Sept-2016: Cleaned up the old comments on this page and put them separately. If interested the links are available at the bottom.

7-Sept-2016: Mr Sanil Koottala has created an Video that explains how coins can be booked online from Indian Mints.
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4-Sept-2016: The dispatch of Tata set's has begun.

4-Sept-2016: The Design of Mysore University is confirmed and it would be Image of Crawford Hall along with portrait of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. The denominations will by Rs 100 and Rs 5. The coins of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya have been notified as Rs 100 and Rs 5. The design is standard portrait with 1916 - 2016 written at the bottom. Hopefully this should pave way for a release ceremony on 25-Sept.
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26-Aug-2016: The much awaited booking for Mata Vaishno Devi coins has begun along with Nehru coins. The booking is open from 26-Aug-2016 to 26-Oct-2016. This looks the first time Mint has put up the images of sets while booking. For the Booking Advert more analysis on the price read this post. If you are booking the coins for the first time read this post.
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16-Aug-2016: As per Sudhir Lunawant ji coins on the occasion of 60 years of AIIMS will be released shortly. As per Sanjay Kansal ji the Govt is considering commemorating coins on Sant Kabir. Related news here.
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13-Aug-2016: Disappointing service from the new Auction House - Imperial Auctions. I had won an item and received the invoice after 4 weeks, and even after prompt payment, there is still no sign of dispatch after 3 weeks. One of the reasons why we should stay away from newbiees and wait for them to stabilize.
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5-Aug-2016: Received my Hyderabad Mint Sets. The Packaging continues to be horrible as usual. There is not cardboard box, they are packed in cloth bag and the edges generally get damaged in transit.

Finally the controversy over getting other leader on Notes has subsided ... at-least till now. Govt has responded that there no such proposal.
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29-Jul-2016: If you have read the comments on Chat from Saurab Basu
"As per the latest input from Marketing - IG Mint Kolkata on the current Status of Dispatches; Swami Chinmayananda Online Bookings dispatch should start soon.. For the others; looks like, there is still long time to go!"
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23-Jul-2016: Interesting stuff happening in Faridabad over Rs 10 coins.
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16-Jul-2016:
Kolkata Mint finally issued a correction Advert mentioning the right denomination for the Lala Lajpat Rai coins.

The Dispatch for the Hyderabad Mint Coins has begun. Keep a look out for the friendly postman.
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7-July-2016: Images updated for 150 Years of Allahabad High Court. The UNC set looks like I have got a small 5 deg die rotation error. It would be a bit difficult to confirm the exact rotation without removing the coin, however in images it looks to be an rotational error, first time I have seen in a Mint Set.
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4-July-2016: Received the Allahabad High Court coins. Will update the images shortly.
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55 comments:

  1. today i received BHEL Rs 50 coin set from kolkata mint

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  2. Dear Admin
    Received chinmaya mission coin set.
    No news about BHEL.
    Any feed back
    Thanks

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    1. Congrats. BHEL are being despatched.

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    2. THANKS FOR THE PROMPT AND EARLY REPLY

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  3. sir how did you get national archives of India 10 rupees coin so early?

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  4. good effort by kolkata mint, received call from mint for dispatch of coin.

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    1. That's really nice. Quite a few others have also reported about the calls.

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    2. Which Set is the call being made for? That way we can correlate the current dispatch status... Thanks

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  5. Has the Nabakalebara Coin been Dropped from the Upcoming releases. I saw an update in the Table and thus was wandering. Any News?

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    1. This should have been a 2015 issue. So that year is gone, and 2016 is also gone. So the significance is slightly lost. Plus the same event occurs every 8 to 19 years. Hence this may get scrapped or put in freezer and may get revived in few years. That is my take. There is no news on this from June last year.

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  6. I yet to receive following:

    125th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF MAULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD (1888-1958)
    50 YEARS OF ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE -BHEL(1964-2014)
    BIRTH CENTENARY OF OF SWAMI CHINMAYANANDA(2015)

    Is that the case with others as well? is our hard earned money going waste?

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    1. Maulana Re-Bookings dispatch has not yet started. The other are in various stages of dispatch and you should recieve them. Kolkata Mint is quite late in deliveries. I got one of the sets after nearly 2 and half years.

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  7. Recd. the Tata Set yesterday booked in Aug. 2015.
    Yet to receive the BHEL & Swami Chinmayanad set also booked in Aug. 2015.
    Spoke to the Kolkata mint yesterday and the lady told me that I will receive the other 2 sets shortly, but when she was not able to answer.

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    1. Congrats and Thanks for the update. Some have received the BHEL sets but not Tata. Hopefully they will all get dispatched shortly.

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  8. Received Swami Chinmayanand set yesterday. Now awaiting the BHEL set.

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  9. Received my Begum Akhtar Birth Centenary set book as part of re-booking. Still waiting for BHEL and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad coin set.

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  10. I have raised concern in Govt Grievances site hence I got my Kolkata mint coins in Oct 2016 for the order placed in Aug 2015. The very senior officer from Ministry of Finance expedited this
    But I am not sure if I need to raise another case in govt grievance portal for the coins listed by Kolkata mint in 2016 as there is no sign of dispatch till date

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    1. Ha ha ha... Hopefully the mint takes a leaf out of Mumbai mint in dispatchs

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  11. admin i have booked hyd mint single coin unc sets , however in track options its showing - Trans Success but i didnt got any conformation mail

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    1. There is no confirmation email.wait for delivery

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    2. Means no one got confirmation mail ?

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    3. Mint sends an automated email with order number. If the status shows success and your card got debited you are good.

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  12. Received BHEL and Dr S. Radhakrishnan set last week.
    Had also received Begum Akhtar and Swami Chinmayananda the week before.
    Looks like Kolkata mint has finally woken up from deep slumber.

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    1. can u post a pic of Dr S.Radhakrishnan set ?

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  13. Out of two coins ie 125th Birth Anniversary of Moulana Kalam Azad and Birth Centenary of Begum Akthar onfline booked on December 04,2015 received Begum Akthar coins on Dec 17,2016 ,the other one Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad received on Feb 21,2017.Calcutta mint has taken a long time compared to Mumbai mint.Anyway thanks

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  14. Dear Admin,

    Any news of the release of BHEL,Tata and Begum Akthar 5 rupee coins? It is quite a while since these coins were officially released and still not getting these anywhere.

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    1. Yes. However the BHEL from Kolkata Mint are plenty, going at Rs 10 in Kolkata Exhibition. Hopefully the Mumbai Mint coins prices will also come down once it reaches the hands of dealers.

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    2. Thanks.. Down south there is still no availability. The BHEL coins were there in the Bangalore selling @50 and the quality is really bad..

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  15. Received the BHEL set yesterday.

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  16. Received Dr S Radhakrishnan proof set.

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  17. Received BHEL and Dr. S Radhakrishnan proof set yesterday. Awaiting for Tata Proof Set

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  18. Kolkata mint has uploaded the Order / Payment confirmation for commemorative coins booked from 13-06-2016 to 13-08-2016 list .

    check your order confirmation
    http://igmkolkata.spmcil.com/Interface/Customercorner.aspx

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  19. i did receive my BHEL sets some 4 months back.

    Now what is the meaning in kolkatta updating the payment confirmations of coins booked 8 months back. if payment confirmation alone takes 9 months, god knows the delivery timelines.

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  20. Now just may be out of concept 500 rs released in mid November 2016. in just a span of 1.5 months of printing as many as 20 varieties or prefixes of star notes are reported. Guess what would be defective notes ratio.

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    1. That is the biggest series so far in star notes :-)

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  21. At Long Last, received the Sets from Orders placed in Aug 2015, with the Kolkata Mint. Packaging is terrible, with the Coins coming out of the Casing. One thing in the Worst experience, is that of being able to touch and replace the coins inside the package, and this time I used Fevi Quick to ensure perfect sealing... Kudos IG Mint Kolkata!!

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  22. ya,
    saurabji ,i also had this terrible experience from Calcutta(kolkata)mint.

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  23. http://m.economictimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/just-12-buyers-for-ambedkar-commemorative-coins/articleshow/57419535.cms

    Yesterday economic times had this article

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  24. Dear admin,a new fever has started in Karnataka state some people are not accepting ten rupees coin stating that they are fake please clarify

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    1. In past this was in North.... There are fake Rs10 coins.... Then there are rumours.

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    2. Please refer RBI Press Release and Announcement as below -
      https://www.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_PressReleaseDisplay.aspx?prid=38636

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  25. Dear Admin how to identify ten rupee fake ones Please tell me

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    1. Read http://coinsofrepublicindia.blogspot.in/2016/10/10-10.html?m=1

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  26. When will be the 500 rupees coin on lndia Africa summit delivered?

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  27. Hello Admin,
    I've some doubt about Swami Chinmayananda VIP set. I doubt it was privately packed issues.

    I saw the VIP set first on your blog and then with few other dealers. Generally all sets (VIP, Proof and UNC) are printed with issuing Mint names on the back side. I was expecting to see issued from Kolkata mint printed on it.

    But there were no Mint names with the set. My doubt is it's privately packed and issued by some high-end dealer and it's not an authorize Mint issue. Or in other words, it's Fake. Can you please have a look and keep us posted.

    General thumb rule is, if the issue is not published by Mint, it's Fake. Is it the case here too.

    Thanks,

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    1. VIP set's are a difficult lot. In this specific case, the mint did issue the sets as shown in the picture. However it is also a common practice to buy the VIP set box from manufacturer and put coins from proof set. One cannot distinguish between the mint issue and the other.

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  28. coin set of 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr S Radhakrishnan received yesterday from Kolkata Mint. Booked in Aug'16.

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  29. Dear Admin,received the coin set of 125th birth anniversary of Dr.Radhakrishnan from Kolkata mint,booked on Aug 07,2016.This time the packing has been improved. One can easily take out from the case

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  30. I did not receive "125th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF MAULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD (1888-1958)" from Kolkatta mint yet. is that the case with other as well?

    I have received Dr.Radhakrishnan from Kolkata mint today.

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    1. The re-booking delivery of Begum Akhtar and Maulana started last month. You should get it in some time. To be safe just drop a mail to mint

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  31. Can some one post images for Dr Radhakrishnan coin set.

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