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Nepal issues three coins to mark Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary

The three coins released by Nepal Central Bank to mark Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary Source: Nepal Rastra Bank

The Nepal Rastra Bank has issued three commemorative coins to mark the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak.

Three commemorative coins with the denomination of 100, 1000 and 2500 Nepali rupees were issued on Friday September 27, to mark the upcoming 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

The coins were jointly released by the Governor of Nepal Central Bank Dr Chiranjibi Nepal and the Indian ambassador in Kathmandu, Manjeev Singh Puri.

The symbol 'Ek Oankar' (God is one) is inscribed on one side of all three coins, with Nepali words meaning '550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak' embossed on the edges. 

Nepal is one of the very few countries to have issued legal tender with a direct Sikh connection.

Previously in the year 2004 as well, the Nepal Rastra Bank had released a coin worth NPR 250 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Guru Granth Sahib.

That coin had featured a 'Khanda' as well as an image of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy Sikh scriptures.