T. Suresh Reddy, a traffic constable in Tirupati Urban police district, is now the proud owner of the Rs.1,000 coin.
The coin was released to mark the 1000th year of existence of the famous Sri Brihadeeswaraswamy temple in Tanjore.
Though the face value of the silver coin weighing 35 grams is Rs.1,000, Suresh Reddy had to cough up Rs.4,500 for the same, since it is a special edition commemorative coin meant to be sold only to coin collectors or presented as mementoes to dignitaries.
Commemorative coins are made available to numismatists from the year 1969 and since then, coins with Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50, Rs.75, Rs.100 and Rs.150 denominations have been released.
The Rs.150 coin was released a couple of years back to mark the 150th anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, while the Rs.1,000 coin is the highest denomination to be released so far. Disturbed by his son’s chronic kidney ailment, the constable took to coin collection as a positive diversion, which made him one of the top collectors in the district.
“This is a passionate job and not many reveal their interest to the outside world. I believe there are at least a thousand coin collectors in Chittoor district alone”, he says.
Taking some time off his rigorous work schedule, he has painstakingly collected all the above coins and the latest one is surely a prized possession!
Constable Suresh Reddy successfully bids for a Rs.1,000 coin brought by Tanjore temple to mark its 1000th year of existence