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Gold bond issue price fixed at 5,000 per gm of gold

FILE PHOTO: Customer looks at gold earrings at a jewellery showroom during Dhanteras, a Hindu festival associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, amidst the spread of COVID-19 in Mumbai, India, November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Niharika Kulkarni (REUTERS)Premium
FILE PHOTO: Customer looks at gold earrings at a jewellery showroom during Dhanteras, a Hindu festival associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, amidst the spread of COVID-19 in Mumbai, India, November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Niharika Kulkarni (REUTERS)

The Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2020-21 - Series IX will be open for subscription from 28 Dec, 2020 to 1 Jan, 2021

The issue price for the next series of sovereign gold bonds has been fixed at 5,000 per gram of gold, government said on Saturday.

The Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2020-21 - Series IX will be open for subscription from December 28, 2020 to January 1, 2021.

"In terms of Government of India Notification No.4(4)-B(W&M)/2020 dated October 09, 2020, Sovereign Gold Bonds 2020-21 (Series IX) will be opened for the period December 28, 2020 - January 01, 2021 with Settlement date January 05, 2021. The issue price of the Bond during the subscription period shall be 5,000 (Rupees Five thousand only) – per gram, as also published by RBI in their Press Release dated December 24, 2020," said Ministry of Finance in a statement.

The value of the bond is based on the simple average closing price (published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd) for gold of 999 purity of the last three business days of the week preceding the subscription period, that is, 22-24 December.

Government of India in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India has decided to allow discount of 50 (Rupees Fifty only) per gram from the issue price to those investors who apply online and the payment is made through digital mode. For such investors the issue price of Gold Bond will be 4,950 per gram of gold.

The issue price for Series VIII of gold bonds, that was open for subscription from November 9 to 13, 2020, was 5,177 per gram of gold.

Sovereign Gold Bond 2020-21 is issued by the Reserve Bank India on behalf of the Government of India.

The bonds are denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of 1 gram and its tenor is eight years with exit option after fifth year to be exercised on interest payment dates.

The bonds are restricted for sale to resident individuals, Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs), trusts, universities and charitable institutions.

The minimum permissible investment will be 1 gram of gold and the maximum limit of subscription shall be 4 kg for individuals and HUFs, and 20 kg for trusts and similar entities per fiscal (April-March).

The gold bonds will be sold through banks (except Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks), Stock Holding Corporation of India (SHCIL), designated post offices, and recognised stock exchanges (NSE and BSE).

The sovereign gold bond scheme was launched in November 2015 with an objective to reduce the demand for physical gold and shift a part of domestic savings -- used for purchase of gold -- into financial savings.

As per RBI's Annual Report 2019-20, a total of 9,652.78 crore (30.98 tonnes) has been raised through the sovereign gold bond scheme (37 tranches) since its inception in November 2015.

The RBI issued 10 tranches of sovereign gold bonds for an aggregate amount of 2,316.37 crore (6.13 tonnes) during 2019-20.

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