Kolkata : Reflecting the global popularity of Tirupati Balaji, the Government of Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, is issuing a limited collectors’ edition coin dedicated to the deity.
Studded with Swarovski crystals and a small diamond, the silver coins are minted in German Mint and would be sold in Kolkata from Wednesday, said numismatist Alok K Goyal, the authorised marketer of these coins.
The Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, popularly known as Tirupati Balaji, in Andhra Pradesh is visited by millions of devotees annually. It would be for the first time that a foreign country is issuing coins on the Hindu deity. Although issued by the government of Palau, the design for the coin is done by Goyal, a software consultant by profession. Priced at Rs 11,111 each, Palau is issuing only 1,111 pieces of the coin in 1 ounce specification.