It is a news of honour for the Little Master and also for the entire country as a whole. Recently, Britain’s premium luxury goods brand, East India Company has issued an exclusive legal tender gold coin, which worth 12000 pound sterling in the honour of the Master Blaster, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
This rare and unique coin has been issued in honour of Tendulkar’s remarkable international cricket career of 24 years. He made his debut to international cricket in 1989 and retired in November, 2013. The London-based firm proclaimed in a statement, “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.”
It also added, “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.”
The Master Blaster, also known as the GOD of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, himself said that he is honoured for such a thing. He said, “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 recognised with the issue of these special coins, which have been impressively designed with a lot of thought.”
This particular issue of a ‘legal tender’ coin is an official mark of distinction which is given to individuals who have accomplished great achievements in human history. As a fact to be noted, the design of the coin has been handcrafted in great detail by one of the world’s most renowned coin designers Joaquin Jimenez, currently the Chief Engraver at Monnaie de Paris.
Also, there is a special significance. The canvas of the coin shows the latitude lines of the globe modelled in cricket stitching as a representation of international stage in cricket. The Gateway of India features to denote Tendulkar’s home city of Mumbai, where he started his cricketing journey and it is also the city which witnessed his last test match against West Indies, late last year. Also, the cricket icon himself, and the milestone of his 200 tests are represented by Tendulkar’s autographed bat, helmet and the number 187 which he wore during his 200th and final Test at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in November, 2013, which was his last international match and this was an end to a fairy-tale like career.
The CEO of East India Company, Sanjiv Mehta said, “Historically precious metal formed an important part of The Company’s trading activities. We have been issuing our own gold and silver coins for centuries and began to do so again in 2010. EIC originally introduced cricket to the Commonwealth, then the British Empire, and it made immense sense for us to issue a coin for this special occasion. We feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to pay tribute to one of the Greatest Cricket Players of all time.”
The East India Company is a multi-channel business which basically deals with fine food, precious metals, hospitality, publishing, fashion, art and jewellery.
Also, the limited edition coins on Sachin Tendulkar, are available to purchase from the East India Company’s official website.