Posted on 24.12.14:
Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya has been awarded the Bharat Ratna posthmously, which is the highest Civilian award given in India, along with the popular Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India's most popular Prime Minister. He is the first pre-Independence era prominent Indian to be awarded the Bharat Ratna. The awards are proposed to be given on 26th January 2015, India's Republic day.
(The second coin with the Diamond mint mark has been given for my collection by Krishna Tonpe)
Links to Posts on Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya, and Varanasi City:
1) Commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya (1861-1946): Freedom Fighter and Founder of the Banaras Hindu University (B.H.U.)
2) "Ghats of Varanasi": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita
3) "Varanasi City": A set of Commemorative Stamps brought out by India Post on 24.10.2016
4) Banaras Hindu University (BHU): Celebrating the Centenary of its establishment (1916-2016): Two commemorative stamps brought out by India Post on 28.06.2017