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UK to issue coins to mark Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birthday

A commemorative coin will be issued by the UK government to mark Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birthday, British Finance Minister Sajid Javid said.

The minister of Pakistani origin said he had requested the Royal Mint of the United Kingdom to work on the coin. Javid revealed the proposal for honoring the most influential members of the South Asian community in the UK on Thursday at the annual GG2 Leadership Awards event held here.

"Tonight's awards mark Gandhi's 150th birthday— a fitting time to announce that I asked the UK Royal Mint to propose a new commemorative coin in his memory. We should never forget what Gandhi taught the world," said the Exchequer's British Chancellor.

Gandhi left for London in 1888 to attend the school of law. He entered the London law school at the University College and was called to the English bar in 1891. He immediately left for India. He kept coming back to the city, though. His last London trip was in 1931 when he came to India's future for a round table meeting.

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