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Odia Youth Raj Kishore Mahanta Enters “Limca Book Of Records’ For Currency Collection


Odia youth Raj Kishore Mahanta has registered his name in the  prestigious ‘Limca Book Of Records’ for his huge collections of Rs 1 and 2 currency notes. Of course, for Raj Kishore entering into the “Limca Book Of Records” is nothing new since he had once earlier registered his name in the record book.

His passion for collecting currency notes of Rs 1, from the time of its first issuance on August 12, 1949 when KRK Menon was the Finance Secretary of India till the time when Montek Singh Ahluwalia was the Governor Of Reserve bank of India in 1994 and Rs 2 notes launched on January 26, 1950 till 1994 has earned him a berth in the “Limca Book Of Records”.

A total of 547 number of  Rs 1 notes were issued since 1949 till 1994 in different designs out of which Raj Kishore has collected 389 Rs 1 currency notes, interestingly, with the Serial Code B to N.

Similarly, he has 289 Rs 2 currency notes out of a total number of 335 differently designed notes issued since January 26, 1950 till 1994.

Born to father Lambodar Mahanta and mother Mamata Mahanta in Keonjhar district, Raj Kishore, an MBA student, nurtured his craze for coin collection since he was a kid. He runs from pillar to post for currencies and coins not for fulfilling his materialistic desires, rather, it is his obsession to collect coins and currency notes of different nations.

Currently, Raj Kishore has currencies of 197 countries and 2.5 lakh 25 paisa coins weigh 4.50 quintals. He has also collected 101 Rs 5 currency notes with serial number 999990.

Earlier, Raj Kishore was in Limca book of records for collecting 100 Rs 10 currency notes with the serial number of the date when ‘God Of Cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar hit his 100th  century in all formats of the game for showing his respect and love for the Master Blaster.

When cricket fans lamented after the Little Master announced his retirement from cricket after scripting 100 tons, Raj Kishore expressed his affection towards Sachin in the most unique way.

He is a unique beggar. He will not mind to beg for a currency note provided it has a unique number to anybody, friends, relatives or even unknown persons.

His passion for collecting currency notes of Rs 1, from the time of its first issuance on August 12, 1949 when KRK Menon was the Finance Secretary of India till the time when Montek Singh Ahluwalia was the Governor Of Reserve bank of India in 1994 and Rs 2 notes launched on January 26, 1950 till 1994 has earned him a berth in the “Limca Book Of Records”.

Malini Karmakar is a social worker and writer who actively works for the survival of our ancient traditions and culture. She has covered a number of Orissa news items regarding its history, festivals, habits, language, clothes, and other aspects relating to the lifestyle of the people.

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