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Cook Islands issues commemorative coin of Jainism founder

 



Kolkata, November 17, 2014 (PTI): Reflecting the growing global influence of Jainism, Cook Islands, an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, today launched a special coin commemorating Jain religion’s traditional founder Lord Adinath. Lord Adinath or Rishabha Dev is the traditional founder of Jainism and the first of 24 Trithankars who established the Jain teachings.

Unveiled by Johann Berner of Switzerland’s Coin Invest Trust, who are on an India tour, the silver coin has a colourful portrait of Adinath and is decorated with Swarovski elements. The coin has a face value of 20 dollars.

From the limited edition of 1008 coins minted for collectors, only 508 pieces have been allocated for the Indian market, said numismatist Alok Goyal who has the sole selling rights for the coins in India. Weighing 2 oz (62.2 gram), the coin is made of 999 silver with partially colour printing, with Palitana temple facade in high relief as the background. The size of the coin is 50 mm and would be delivered on the occasion of ‘Akshay Tritya’ on April 21, 2015.