A teacher in search of history documented on Re 1 currencies
Cherthala: Arvind Kumar Pai, an LP school teacher from here, has a unique habit with currency collection. He holds a huge collection of Re 1 currency note which documents historical events. Whenever he gets a Re 1 currency, he will search for the historical event featured on it.
Once, he identifies the importance of the currency in the history of Kerala and India, he will shift it to an album. Later, he will attach it with the historical event which is connected to the 6 digit serial number of the currency.
“The currency which carries the number 150847 is linked with the independence of India. So, I read the serial number as 15th August 1947. Date, month and last two digits of the year featured in the serial number. I connect the currencies with history in this way,” said Pai.
With the currency carrying the serial number 150222, the teacher recorded the registration of Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Co Ltd which took place on February 22, 1922. At the same time, he documented the great temple entry proclamation in Kerala on November 12, 1936, with the Re 1 currency of serial number 121136. In his album, the currency carrying the serial number 050457 indicates the first EMS ministry which came into power on April 5, 1957.
His album which titled ‘One and Only’ documents history with currency notes of Re 1.
Arvind Kumar Pai is working at Cherthala Govt. Town LP School.
The teacher holds a collection of over 3000 Re 1 currency notes. A total of 1500 notes are documented in the album which features history.
He is searching for the historical importance of other currencies in his collection.
Interestingly, Arvind documented the first Re 1 currency which was issued in 1949 and the last currency issued in 2019. His historical album recorded the milestones and achievements with the serial number of Rs 1 currencies.
He has won Limca Book of World Records and Best of India record with the Re 1 currency collection. Now, his historical album with Re 1 currency is also turning to set another record. He is the first Keralite to be named in three books of records and one among the 2000 best record holders in the world.
He is also holding the record for collecting the highest number of Gandhi stamps in Asia.