As per a report by Times Now, Britain is mulling to mint a coin that will feature Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate his exceptional work and will also make him the first non-white person to receive such honour. The decision has been taken amid Britain’s growing interest in recognising the contributions of people from Asia, Black, and other minority ethnic communities.
Notably, Rishi Sunak, the British Finance Minister, has also extended his support for the campaign that would feature ethnic-minority figures on the coins.
“For generations, ethnic-minority groups have fought and died for this country we have built together, taught children, nursed the sick, cared for the elder and through their enterprising spirit have started some of our most exciting and dynamic businesses, creating jobs and driving growth,” said Sunak.
Sunak added that the members of the Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) have invariably contributed to the old history and should be considered to be recognised on UK’s coinage.
In a letter, he asked the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) to pursue recognition of individuals from minority communities, according to an emailed statement from the UK Treasury.
THE RAMC is a body of experts that recommends themes and designs for coins to Britain’s finance minister.