Finance Ministry announces the ₹20 coin which won't be exactly round in shape

The new coin announced by the Finance Ministry comes ten years after it issued the first ₹10 coin in March 2009

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The Finance Ministry on March 6 announced in a gazette notification the rollout of a new ₹20 coin. The new coin will not be round in shape like the existing coins but will rather be a ‘dodecagon’, a 12-sided polygon.

Like the ₹10 coin, which is in circulation now, the ₹20 coin will be two-toned with a diameter of 27 millimeters.

Specifications

  • The face of the ₹20 coin will have a Lion Capital of The Ashoka Pillar with ‘Satyamev Jayate’ inscribed below in Hindi.
  • The word 'Bharat' in Hindi will be inscribed in the left periphery, and 'India' will be inscribed in the right periphery, said the gazette notification by the Finance Ministry.
  • On the other side, the coin will be similar to the ₹10 coin with a ‘Rs’ sign above the denominational value.
  • The top bottom right will bear the word 'Twenty rupees' in Hindi and English. The year of minting will be mentioned at the centre of the left periphery of the coin. 
  • The outer ring of new ₹20 coin will be 65 per cent copper, 15 per cent zinc and 20 per cent nickel.
  • The centre piece will be 75 per cent copper, 20 per cent zinc and 5 per cent nickel.
  • The new coin will be heavier than at 8.54 grams.
  • The exact date of release of the new coins was not mentioned in the gazette notification.
  • Other coins — the one rupee, two rupees, five rupees, and ten rupees — will also be minted with new ₹20 coin, the notification said.
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