Provision of access to financial services to low-income households and small businesses has been a long-standing goal of Government Of India. The setting up of India Post Payments Bank will translate into more than three lakh Postmen and Gramin Dak Sewaks providing assisted banking at doorsteps in rural, urban and remote areas. IPPB is a seminal part of an objective to promote financial inclusion of the weakest and least accessed segments of the country.
India Post issued a Rupees Five denomination stamp on 30 Jan 2019. The stamps have been printed by Wet offset process at Security Printing Press Hyderabad. The Print quantity is 5.0 Lakhs (500,000). A FDC is listed.
Rupees 100 Notes with Signature of New RBI Governor Shri Shaktikanta Das
Reserve Bank of India has issued a Press release on 26 Feb 2019 intimating that it will shortly issue Rupees 100 Notes with Signature of New RBI Governor Shri Shaktikanta Das. The design will be similar to Mahatma Gandhi (New) series notes.
Yousuf Karsh (23 Dec 1908 -13 Jul 2002) was an Armenian- Canadian photographer known for his portraits of notable individuals. He has been described as one of the greatest portrait photographers of the 20th Century.
Canada Post issued a set of three Stamps and a miniature sheet to celebrate his life and photography on his birth centenary year 2008. The stamps were issued on 21 May 2008. These three stamps were part of the Art Canada Series. The Karsh Portraits have been reproduced from photographs in the collection of Library and Archives Canada.
52 c -Domestic rate – Self Portrait of Yousuf Karsh – A self Portrait of Karsh at work was chosen for domestic rate stamp so that sight of the artist behind the camera lens is not lost.
96 c – USA rate – Audrey Hepburn – Karsh’s tranquil portrait of Film actress Audrey Hepburn was chosen. The stamp designer says “Her peaceful and serene expression makes an excellent contrast to Mr Churchill”.
$1.60 – International Rate – Sir Winston Churchill – This 1941 Photograph of Churchill made Karsh famous. Churchill visited Ottawa to address the House of Commons and Karsh was asked to photograph him. Taken by surprise Churchill was not inclined to co-operate-he refused to pose without his customary lit cigar. Karsh politely removed it and captured the resulting expression on film. This photo appeared on the cover of Life magazine as an embodiment of British wartime resolve.
Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh appears on new polymer British Five Pound Currency Note.
A Large sampling of his portraits appears in miniature on the souvenir sheet and in the centre strip of stamp pane. Aligned like photos on the negative strip, this panorama of famous faces includes Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, Ernest Hemingway, Sophia Loren, Walt Disney, Indira Gandhi among many others. Print Quantity of Souvenir Sheet 325,000.
Two Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 5 were released by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami on 17 Jan 2019 at MGR Medical University Complex. The coins marked the Birth Centenary of Matinee idol turned Politician.
Rare 1943 Bronze Lincoln Penny sells for over $200,000 at an Auction.
A Rare 1943 Bronze Lincoln Penny sold for over $200,000 at a Florida Auction. Heritage auction says more than 30 people bid on the rare coin on Thursday (10 Jan ) night. Only 10 to 15 of these Pennies, mistakenly minted in Bronze instead of steel, are known to exist. They were minted at a time during World War II when Copper and Bronze were being saved to fill metal shortages. Don Lutes found this penny in his pocket as a teenager in 1947. This was the change he received back from a Cafeteria. Since the mint did not authenticate this rare find, he held it till he passed away in September. The auction proceeds shall go to an Athenaeum in Mass.