New 5-rupee coin launched

K. Lakshmi

CHENNAI: A new 5-rupee coin was launched here on Monday. Made of nickel and brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc, the coin would soon be made available for circulation. Officials of the Reserve Bank of India said the new coin was introduced in view of complaints about difficulties in differentiating between the coins in the denomination of five rupees and 50 paise. The new coin weighs only 6 gm and has a yellowish tinge as brass has been used.