NEPAL Surendra Vikrama 1847-81 tiny silver dam


NEPAL, Surendra Vikrama, 1847-81, dam, no date, silver, 8-9mm, approximately 0.03g, KM593, XF

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The Nepalese silver dams are extremely light, making them candidates for the championship of the smallest coin in the world contest.

In the 19th century the Nepalese Royal Family was the Shahs, and the Prime Ministers were from the Rana family. Surendra was enthroned as a puppet by the Prime Minister after the latter deposed the previous King, Rajendra, Surendra’s father.

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.