Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Currency - India - 2 Rupees - Year 1957-1962

Item code : 91/IN-15

Lion Capital of Ashoka on the right side.
Tiger's head at left; Language panel with 7 native Indian scripts in centre; The Reserve Bank of India's logo at bottom.
Lion Capital of Asoka
114x64 mm.
H. V. R. Iyengar (Governor, 1957-1962)

 Obverse description:

About Governor

H V R  Iyengar

H V R Iyengar (Haravu Venkatanarasimha Varadaraja Iyengar) CIE, ICS (1902 – 22 February 1978) was the sixth Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1 March 1957 to 28 February 1962. 

He was a member of the Indian Civil Service, entering on 20 October 1926. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in the 1941 New Year Honours. He served as the Chairman of State Bank of India, before his appointment as the Governor of the Reserve Bank.

During Iyengar's tenure the Indian coinage system shifted from the earlier pies, paise, and anna system to decimal coinage. He received the Padma Vibhushan, India`s second highest civilian honour from the Government of India in 1962. In 2002 on his birth centenary an illustrated book Snapshots of History— Through the Writings of H V R Iyengar consisting of articles written by Iyengar after his retirement in 1962, was compiled and edited by his daughter Indira and son-in-law Bipin Patel.

हूराव वरदराज आयंगर
हूराव वरदराज आयंगर 1 मार्च 1957 से लेकर 28 फ़रवरी 1962 तक भारतीय रिज़र्व बैंक के छठे गवर्नर थे। अपनी नियुक्ति के पूर्व वह भारतीय सिविल सेवा के सदस्य और भारतीय स्टेट बैंक के अध्यक्ष रह चुके हैं।

Reverse description

Tiger - National animal of India 

The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is the National animal of both India and Bangladesh. It is a tiger subspecies native to the Indian subcontinent. It lives in Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and northern India

                             White Bengal Tiger

In 2010 it became endangered by IUCN. There are less than 2,500 of these tigers. There are about 1,520–1,909 in India, 440 in Bangladesh, 124–229 in Nepal and 67–81 in Bhutan. New tiger census 2014 showed the population of tiger in India approximately 2,226 which is 30% more from 1706, counted in the year 2010.

The Bengal tiger's coat is yellow to light orange. Its stripes go from dark brown to black. The belly and the inside parts of the limbs are white. The tail is orange with black rings.

They are the second largest tiger, after the Siberian tiger also known as the Amur Tiger. Male Bengal tigers have a total length, including the tail, from 270 to 310 cm (110 to 120 in). Females go from 240 to 265 cm (94 to 104 in). The average weight of males is 204.5 kg (451 lb). Females are 139.7 kg (308 lb).

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