LONDON: Britain’s premium luxury goods brand East India Company has issued an exclusive legal tender gold coin worth 12,000 pound sterling in honour of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. The rare coin has been issued in honour of Sachin Tendulkar’s for his contribution to Indian cricket for 24 years. “Only 210 gold coins, each weighing precisely 200g, are being issued to pay tribute to Tendulkar at a global level. Only very few will ever see this coin in the flesh, making them exceptionally rare and precious amongst thousands of fans who yearn to own a piece of the superstar’s legacy,” the London-based firm said in a statement.
“Every single 200g coin issued is a masterpiece in its own right. Exclusively presented in a custom made presentation box the coin is accompanied by an individually numbered and personally signed certificate of authenticity along with an autographed cricket bat by Sachin Tendulkar,” it added.
Tendulkar said he was honoured by the recognition. “All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I am very fortunate to have lived this dream for the last 24 years. I am honoured to be recognized with the issue of these special coins, which have been impressively designed with a lot of thought,” Tendulkar said.
The legal tender coin issue to those individuals who have accomplished great achievements in human history. He has been also awarded with country’s highest civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna’ and he is also the 1st sportsman and youngest recipient of this award in Indian history.The coin design and structure has been made by world’s most renowned coin designers Joaquin Jimene, who is the Chief Engraver at Monnaie De Paris. On the gold coin the designers has made an effigy of ‘The Gateway of India’ which represents Tendulkar’s home city, where he started his career.