1986 - Fisheries - Proof Set

In the year 1986 a commemorative series was issued with the theme Fisheries. There were 3 proof sets issued along with a UNC Set.
The details are;

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honour of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. It is also the Food Engineer day.
World Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO's Member Countries at the Organization's 20th General Conference in November 1979. The Hungarian Delegation, led by the former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Dr. Pál Romány has played an active role at the 20th Session of the FAO Conference and suggested the idea of celebrating the WFD worldwide. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.
Since 1981, World Food Day has adopted a different theme each year, in order to highlight areas needed for action and provide a common focus.
The First world food day was celebrated in 1981. The theme for the 6th World Food Day celebrated in 1986 was “Fishermen and Fishing Communities”

Proof Set 1:
Coins of Rs 100, Rs 20 and 50 Paise

Proof Set2:
Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 20

Proof Set 3:
Single Coin of Rs 100

UNC Set:
Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 20


  1. I want to know about cost of single fisheries 100 rs coin (i.e pulled out from unc set).I heard the mintage is low,is it true? What about the cost of single 20 rs fisheries unc coin? Is it cheaper buying both coins seperately rather than buying 2 coin unc set?

  2. You are right there, the Fisheries is relatively rare set of the period.
    Disclaimer: I am no expert in answering your question. For whatever 2 cents of advice I can give, here it is;
    In the 80's and 90's most of the set's came in packing from which the coins were easily removable and placed as you like [unlike today's packaging]. Further from 1971 to 1974, the Rs 1/- was only available in proof sets and collecting a complete series of Rs 1 was in vogue. This lead to lot of proof sets being broken. Now once these were broken, it lead to another set of collectors who were after the Silver coins. This trend continued and led quite a few themes like Silver coins, Rs 50 Coins, Rs 100 coins etc. Later in 2000, with new packaging of covers, and better package design, the trend stopped to an extent [i.e. sets didn’t get broken] at the same time the most of the early collectors of the 70's were no longer in prime and didn't pursue their hobby ahead and took a pause. Now all these collections are hitting the market. Hence you would notice more sets from the 1970 to 1990 period.
    Today there are less set's that are broken, and in the past couple of years the interest in collecting the sets has increased more also as a result of quite a few older sets being available in the market. Hence my take is that the UNC Set should be more expensive than the 2 individual coins. However on a flip side, there were only 5 Rs 20 coins issued so far [the first being silver, other 4 cupronickel]. It is very unlikely that there would be an Rs 20 issue in future. Hence it makes a perfect theme to have a set of all Rs 20. Whether this will push the price of Rs 20 upwards is anyone's guess.
    Bottom-line as I keep saying; if you are into it for collection and it fits your theme, buying is more of a purchasing power. If you can afford it buy it, does matter so much if you pay slightly higher price. The satisfaction of having the coin is more than the few rupees saved. If you are young, there are still quite a few years to keep bargain hunting; these coins will not vanish for another 20-30 years. If you are into in for investment and get rich quick, then stay away from such coins. There are plenty of other coins / sets that will fetch equal if not more value.