In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Government of Pakistan has announced plans to issue a commemorative Rs100 coin. The CPEC, since its inception in 2013, has significantly contributed to the infrastructure and economic development of Pakistan.
The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation will distribute the coin through its exchange counters starting from August 11, 2023. The coin, made of Cupro-Nickel metal (75% Copper & 25% Nickel), is round in shape with serrations on the edge. It measures 30.00 mm in diameter and weighs 13.5 grams.
The design of the coin is rich in symbolism, reflecting the partnership between Pakistan and China. On both sides of the coin, an artistically designed five-pointed star is featured at the center. Inside this star, the crescent moon and star from Pakistan’s national flag and the group of five stars from China’s national flag are depicted on the right and left positions respectively.
The obverse side of the coin bears the inscriptions “CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF CPEC” in English and “ISLAMI JAMHURIA PAKISTAN” in Urdu along the top and bottom of the star. The face value of the coin, “100″, and the Urdu word for rupee, “Rupiya”, are written on the right and left sides of the star.
On the reverse side, the words “CHINA PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR” are written in both English and Chinese scripts at the top of the star. The phrase “PAKISTAN CHEEN EQTESADI RAHDARI” in Urdu and “FROM VISION TO REALITY” in English are inscribed at the bottom.
All these inscriptions are separated by two stars on the left and right sides of the coin. The years “2013” and “2023″ are also engraved on the left and right center of the coin, symbolizing a decade of high-quality development under the CPEC initiative.