The Telegraph
Tuesday , January 21 , 2014
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Grab your birthday note now

- Mumbai-based dealer offers special Rs 10 at Jamcoin

How about gifting your best friend a Rs 10 note with his/her birth day printed on it?

Nikhil Parekh, a dealer from Mumbai, is wooing Jamshedpureans with such notes where the unique identification six-digit number at the two corners is their birth date. In the steel city for the 19th edition of Jamcoin, Parekh has already sold over hundred of these notes, each priced at Rs 100, and has taken orders for higher denomination also.

Call it a hobby or a business opportunity, Parekh is simply loving his time at the three-day exhibition organised by Coin Collectors’ Club at Mohan Ahuja Stadium.

“I am here for the first time and the response has been very good. I have sold more than hundred birthday notes within a day. I developed this hobby about four years ago and it turned into a very good business. People are willing to pay more for that unique number on the note. I have only Rs 10 notes here, but this option is available on other denominations as well,” said Parekh, who has brought as many as five lakh Rs 10 birthday notes for Jamcoin that was inaugurated on January 19 and will conclude on Tuesday.

While most preferred their birth date, many also wanted their anniversary dates on the notes. Parekh also has a collection of the first note of free India — a Rs 10 note that costs Rs 20,000.

He also displayed a misprinted note that had no denomination, star numbered notes, and a Rs 2 note that had seven digits printed on it at the exhibition.

Other collectors also came with an array of unique and rare coins.

While R.M. Saklecha, president of Chandrapur Coin Society, exhibited copper coins from the Mughal era, professional numismatist from Alappuzha K.T. Joseph showed the first stamp of the world issued by Great Britain with the Queen’s profile on it. It is priced at Rs 26,200.

“This is very special because this is absolutely rare. It is a one-penny stamp without the country’s name on it. It was issued by Great Britain. We have also got coins from Travancore and Chola dynasty,” said Joseph.

Punch-marked coins, princely state coins, British India silver coins and coins on great personalities were also displayed at the exhibition.

The club also organised an inter-school quiz on Monday where six teams from five schools reached the final.

Jusco School emerged as the winner followed by South Park and Kerala Public School, Kadma.