The present daily average output of coins at the Alipore Mint is 5 to 6 million pieces. In addition to the domestic coinage, the Mint undertakes coinage orders from other countries. The Mint has also worked as a centre for issue of gold bars in exchange of unrefined gold tendered by licensed dealers. The Mint produces gold, silver, copper and nickel medals for defence, educational institutions, social service, badges, tokens and medallions for National and International film Festivals. It also makes medals for military and civilian awards including the Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Paramvir chakra, Mahavir chakra, Vir chakra, shaurya chakra etc.
The above circulating coin has been contributed for my collection by Krishna Tonpe.
The obverse of the Rs. 5/- circulating coin issued by the Mumbai Mint. On the top centre is the Lion Capitol of Emperor Ashoka which is the emblem of the Government of India. The words “Satyameva Jayate” appear below the emblem. On the left periphery is mentioned “Bharat” in Hindi and on the right periphery is mentioned “India” in English. Below the Lion Capitol, on the bottom of the coin is mentioned the denomination of the coin “5”, preceded by the rupee symbol.
Shape: Circular; Diameter: 23 mm; No. of serrations: 100; Weight: 6.0 gms; Metal Composition: Nickel Brass (Copper 75%, Zinc 20% and Nickel 5%).