5 Rupees 150 Years -The First War of Independence Rare Stainless Steel BUNC Coin

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India;s First War of Independence, is also known as “The Indian Rebellion of 1857” began on 10 May
1857 in the town of Meerut when a group of native soldiers employed by the British East India
Company&;s army, mutinied.

The general public were dissatisfied due to abolition of sati rites and the legalization of widow
remarriage. Lakshmibai, The Rani of Jhansi, and some rulers of other kingdoms had lost their kingdom as
a result of the “Doctrine of Lapse” and were very much dissatisfied. The sepoys were supplied with new
cartridges, which allegedly were wrapped in paper greased with cow and pig fat and had to be bitten off
by mouth. So they also became dissatisfied. These things led to the Rebellion.

Gradually the rebellion spread to other parts of central and northern India. The rebels captured cities like
Meerut, Kanpur, Lukhnow, Delhi etc and killed many Europeans. The leaders of this rebellion were
Emperor Bahadur Shah II, Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, General Tatia Tope, Nana Saheb, Kunwar Singh etc.
Bahadur Shah proclaimed himself the Emperor of the whole of India.

As there was no co-ordination between the different rebel groups, the army of the company were able to
suppress the rebellion. Many mutineers were hanged to death, and some were "blown from cannon”. by
the British . Rani Laxmibai bravely fought but died on the battle field. Tatia Tope was caught and
executed. Nana Sahib disappeared near the end of the Rebellion and it is not known what happened to
him. Bahadur Shah Zafar was captured and exiled to Rangoon where he died in 1862.
The rebellion led to the dissolution of the East India Company in 1858, and its ruling powers over India
were transferred to the British Crown.

In commemoration of the 150 Years of The First War Of Independence, India issued this 5 rupees coin on
18th April, 2008, for general circulation. On this occasion another coin in the denomination of 100
rupees, was issued as proof / uncirculated specimen.

REVERSE: - The reverse of this coin shows the combined portrait of General Tatia Tope on left side,
Emperor Bahadur Shah II on the right side and at the centre the Warrior Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi in the
battlefield, flanked on the left periphery with the words "Pratham Swatantrata Samgram" in Hindi and
“THE FIRST WAR OF INDEPENDENCE" in English on the right periphery. The words “150 Varsha”


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Year: 2006

Metal: Ferratic Stainless Steel

Weight: Grams

Size: 23mm

Shape: Circular

Mint: Bombay(S)