Besides, new series of one, two, five and ten rupees coins too would be minted, which will be circular in design and have denominations written in Hindi language.
The exact date of issuance of these new series of 20 rupees coins is yet to be confirmed.
The Rs 20 coin will weigh 8.54 gm and its outside diameter will be 27mm with the outer ring made of nickel silver and the center piece of Nickel brass, a finance ministry notification said.
The face of the new Rs 20 coin shall bear the ‘Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar’ with ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed at its bottom. The left periphery will have the word ‘Bharat’ in Hindi language and the right periphery will have the word ‘India’ in English language.
The reverse side of the coin would have the denominational value ’20’ in the international numerals along with the iconic Rupee symbol.
“The design of grains depicting the agricultural dominance of the country is flanked on the left periphery of the coin,” the notification said.
The year of minting in international numerals shall be shown on center of left periphery of the coin, it added.
According to the notification the new Rs 10 coin will have a outside diameter of 27 mm and weigh 7.74 gm, while the Rs 5 coin will have a diameter of 25 mm and weight of 6.74 grams.
The new series one rupee and two rupees coin will weigh 3.09 gm and 4.07 gm, while the diameter would be 20 mm and 23 mm respectively.
The face of all these coins shall bear the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar with the ‘Satyameva Jayate’ inscribed below, flanked on the left periphery with the word ‘Bharat’ in Hindi and on the right periphery with the word ‘India” in English.
As per Coinage Act, 1906, the Government of India has the sole right to mint coins and the responsibility for coinage vests with the Government. The designing and minting of coins in various denominations is also the responsibility of the Government.
Coins are minted at the four India Government Mints at Mumbai, Alipore (Kolkata), Saifabad (Hyderabad), Cherlapally (Hyderabad) and Noida (UP).
Raw Materials Used: The outer ring of the new Rs 20 coin will have 65% copper, 15% zinc, and 20% nickel. Meanwhile the inner circle or disc will have 75% copper, 20% zinc and 5% nickel.
The coins are issued for circulation only through the Reserve Bank in reference to terms of the RBI Act.