KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan Governor Tariq Bajwa and German Ambassador to Pakistan Martin Kobler unveiled a Rs50 commemorative coin worth Rs50 at the SBP headquarters in recognition of meritorious services rendered by Pakistan’s Mother Teresa” Dr. Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau.
The coin be available for public issuance across the country through SBP Banking Service Corporation offices from May 9 (today).
The metal composition, shape, dimension and design of Rs.50 commemorative coin are as under:
Metal composition: Cupro-Nickel, Copper 75% & Nickel 25%
Dimension: 30.0 mm
Weight: 13.5 grams
Dr. Pfau’s tireless efforts brought leprosy under control in the country and Pakistan became the first country in Asia to earn this status.
Dr. Pfau’s contribution to the society was gratefully acknowledged by the people and state during her life time. She was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Nishan-i-Quaid–i-Azam and Hilal-i-Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor SBP said that Dr. Ruth Pfau dedicated her life for amelioration of lepers in Pakistan.
“With her efforts Pakistan became the first country in the region to control the disease”, said the Governor adding, “No amount of awards and recognition can we repay her extraordinary services for the country”.
Mr Bajwa said they had issued commemorative coins in the past for great people like Quaid-i-Azam, Allama Iqbal, Fatima Jinnah and Abdul Sattar Edhi.
Mr Kobler, on the occasion, thanked the government of Pakistan.
The ceremony was attended by Consul General of Germany in Karachi Rainer Schmiedchen, Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre Karachi CEO Mervyn F. Lobo and others.