1 Taka, 1992
Bangladesh is a poor and densely populated country, and the one taka coin has the theme of a small family. We can see a family of four-two parents and two children. And the writing at the bottom says: "small family happy family-food for all." So a small family can fulfill its needs and stay happy, and at the same time there will be lesser number of mouths to feed, so there will be food for all. This is one way to spread the message that we need to control the unabated growth of population. The obverse shows the Shapla flower.
2 Taka, 2004
Bangladesh was created in 1971 following the last Indo-Pak war in which Gen. Niazi of Pakistan signed the surrender documents in the presence of Maj.Gen. Jagjit singh Arora of India, and East Pakistan became Bangladesh. Being a new country, Bangladesh doesnt have a very long list of coins. This 2 Taka coin for one, doesnt find a mention in the Krause catalog. It shows a boy and a girl learning the Bangla alphabet, so it has a literacy based theme to it. The obverse shows the Shapla flower.
The reverse shows a bridge on the Yamuna, along with the date and denomination. The lettering at the top reads "Jomuna Bohumukhi Shetu" or the Yamuna multi-purpose bridge. This bridge connects two halves of Bangladesh: Bhuapur on the East bank to Sirajganj on the West bank. Apart from the function of transportation, it facilitates the transmission of electricity and natural gas, and also provided for the integration of telecommunication links. The bridge is located on the Trans-Asian railway which, when completed, will provide uninterrupted rail and road link from South-East Asia to North-West Europe.
The obverse shows the Shapla flower within wreath.Shapla (Water Lily) is the national flower of Banladesh. Shapla is a flower floating at ease in almost every water bodies of Bangladesh. Brooks, ponds,lakes etc. are abodes of this flower. There are two types of Shapla differing in color. One is white and the other is pink. Other than adding to the beauty of Bangladesh, Shapla is a delicious item of food for Bangladeshis. Rural people consume it as curry. Children are also fond of eating the stem and the fruit even green. Bangladeshis adore this flower which is expressed better by making a dummy of Shapla called Shapla Chattar at Motijheel in Dhaka.