Siddaharta Gautama was born in southern Nepal in the beginning of the Magadha Period (c. 563BC). He lived in Luxury, provided by his father, but still felt unfulfilled. Endeavoring to find Nirvana, he renounced his life of power and opulence to become an ascetic ... ultimately forming a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and seld-drprivation. Upon attaining enlightenment, he became known as Buddha. Issued by the Singapore Mint. Each coin comes in the original governement packaging with a certificate of authenticity.