On Thursday, 19-year-old Harish Reddy, a student of Vasundhara Degree College, created a record by making a 20 feet x 20 feet Telangana map from coins. The map, comprising 21,031 coins, some of which are hundreds of years old, was on display at the Secretariat.
“I have been collecting these coins since 10-10-2010. It was after my grandmother told me fascinating stories about coins from her era that I got hooked on this hobby.
It took me four to five hours to make this map,” says Harish, who had help from NGO Youth in Action, Vasundhara Group of Colleges and Vasavi Seva Telangana organisation.
“Andhra Pradesh was formed on 1-11-1956 and Telangana State on 2-6-2014. The difference between the two is of 21,031 days, which is also the number of coins I have used. For my contribution, I have been included in the India and Limca Book of Records,” he says.
“My family was a big support. Keeping in mind that I spent Rs 1 lakh to procure these coins for the map, they would give me a few thousand rupees every month and I would travel to different villages in and around Hyderabad to buy the required coins,” adds Harish.