UK Royal Mint’s Gold Bar For Holy Month

A special gold bar to mark the holiest month for Muslim worshippers has been released by the UK’s Royal Mint.

The 20-gramme gold bullion bar features a design showing Mecca’s Kaaba, the most sacred site in the faith.

Experts say the bar will celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Eid al-Fitr.

Newsflash obtained a statement from the Royal Mint saying: “Created in consultation with Muslim Council Wales and designed by Emma Noble, it represents Kaaba, the holiest site for millions of Muslims.”

The Kaaba, a religious structure at the heart of Islam’s most important mosque, the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the most sacred site in Islam.

Mint officials told how three of the bars raised GBP 9,000 after being donated to Islamic Relief to help the charity’s work in earthquake-hit Turkey and Syria.

The bars are expected to become favoured gifts among people celebrating Eid.

The two-day celebration – also known as the Festival of Sweets – is marked by Muslims worldwide as the end of the month-long, dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.

Photo shows gold bullion bars minted for the Islamic community depicting the Kaaba, the holiest site for millions of Muslims, undated. The 20g minted Kaaba gold bar is released ahead of one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan. (The Royal Mint/Newsflash)

Andrew Dickey, Director of Precious Metals at the Royal Mint, said: “We are delighted that for the first time, the distinctive cube structure of the Kaaba is being represented on a 20g gold bullion minted bar by The Royal Mint.

“Drawing on more than 1,100 years of minting expertise, we have applied our expert craftsmanship to create a beautiful representation of the Kaaba, the holiest place on earth for many Muslims.

“This Kaaba gold bar, contained within beautiful Islamic-themed protective packaging, makes a special gift, allowing our customers to give the precious gift of gold during Eid al-Fitr, or as a secure investment with its 999.9g of fine gold containment.”

And Abdul-Azim Ahmed from The Muslim Council of Wales, who collaborated with the Royal Mint on the product launch, said: “It’s been wonderful to work with The Royal Mint to introduce this special gold bullion bar depicting the Kaaba.

“Covered by the kiswah, a black cloth with gold decoration, the building’s outline is unmistakable, and it has now been minted in gold, the precious metal prized for millennia.

“The design will undoubtedly be popular with the Muslim community and exemplifies the craftsmanship of the Royal Mint. It’s been a fascinating process and I hope people across the world will enjoy this bar.

“The Royal Mint is one of Britain’s oldest institutions, and this historic gold bullion depicting the Kaaba is an acknowledgement and celebration of Britain’s growing and longstanding Muslim community.

“The design will be immediately recognisable by Muslims globally, and it was an honour for the Muslim Council of Wales to collaborate with the Royal Mint in creating the design.”

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