The Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali (or Deepavali), is celebrated every year in dozens of countries around the world from India, Malayasia and Singapore, to Suriname, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. Spiritually signifying the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair, the festivities extend over five days. The primary festival night coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar. That generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.
In 2017, the mint issued a coin for Tuvalu to celebrate the festival and it depicted the goddess Lakshmi you can see on the left of this new one. Here, the god Ganesha joins her. Unlike the earlier offering, the 2019 silver ‘coin’ is an undenominated medallion. It does get an attractive Rangoli patterned obverse instead of the Queen’s mugshot, so many may prefer it for that reason.
Presented in one of the latex-skinned ‘floating frames’ even though it still weighs in at a full ounce in weight, it empties the wallet of just $69.00 AUD. There’s no cap on the mintage.