NEPAL mohar 1710 SE (1788 AD)


NEPAL, Rana Bahadur, 1777-99, mohar, 1710 SE (1788 AD), silver, 29mm, 5.28g, KM502.1VF

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Rana Bahadur became King of Nepal at the age of two. The Regency was contested by his mother and an uncle, to the neglect of public administration. As a grownup he turned out to be capricious and spendthrift. The condition of the country did not improve. When a son was born Rana Bahadur renounced the throne. He changed his mind and tried to get the throne back, but nobody liked him and had to flee to the British in India. In 1806 he returned to Nepal, where a relative had him beheaded.

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.