Union Government released Commemorative Coin and Circulation Coin on Tatya Tope

Apr 19, 2016 12:00 IST

Union Minister for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma on 18 April 2016 released a Commemorative Coin of 200 rupees and a Circulation Coin of 10 rupees to mark the Martyrdom Day of Tatya Tope.

The Union Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 200th Birth Anniversary of Tatya Tope during 2015-16 in association with State Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh respectively.

Maharashtra Government organised a three day Mahotsav named Shaurya Mahotsav from 26 February 2016.

About Tatya Tope

• Originally known as Ramachandra Pandurang Tope, he was one of the most outstanding leaders of India’s First War of Independence in 1857.
• He was a Maratha Brahman in the service of the former Peshwa ruler of the Maratha confederacy, Baji Rao and his adopted son Nana Sahib.
• In 1851, when Lord Dalhousie deprived Nana Saheb of his father's pension, Tatya Tope along with Nana Saheb became a sworn enemy of the British.
• In 1857, he led a revolt against British forces along with Jhansi ki Rani and Nana Sahib and gave his important contribution in the First War of Independence (1857-58).
• However, he was captured by the British Forces in April 1859.
• After a hurried trial for waging war against the East India Company, he was hanged to death on 18 April 1859 at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh by British Forces.

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