NEPAL 5 paisa 2000 VS (1943 AD) brockage error


NEPAL, Tribhuvana, 1911-50, 5 paisa, 2000 VS (1943 AD), copper-nickel-zinc, KM712, ERROR: obverse brockage, VF

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Brockages are made when a coin stays stuck in the collar and the next blank is struck by the stuck coin on one side. This leaves an incuse impression on one side. There are brockages that are made deliberately by mint employees who were fooling around or running a side gig, and others that were made by pure accident. This one is the latter, an “honest” brockage, if you will.

Tribhuvana became king when he was five years old. Nepal was run by the Rana family at the time. Tribhuvana struggled against them all of his life. In 1950 he was forced out and Gnyanendra was installed as a puppet by the Ranas. India did not recognize the new King. Negotiations resulted in a power sharing arrangement between the Ranas and the King. That situation continued after the death of the King.

Nepal, birth place of the Buddha. It is on the Indian side of the Himalayas but has resisted Indian influence since people started trying to exert influence in India. They were not conquered by the British either. They made a deal. In that monarchy they had until recently the monarchs were identified with the Godhead in the ancient style of monarchy, making it reasonable to describe them as Tantric monarchs, meaning that no matter what they did it was not wrong, because it was God doing it. People think interesting thoughts. India and Nepal continue their noncooperation to this day. Any time India has an opportunity to say no, it does.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.