TIBET 5 sho 16-21 (1947 AD)


TIBET, 5 sho, 16-21 (1947 AD), Obverse: 3 mountains and 2 suns,copper, Y28.1, toned AU

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Tibet was governed by a divine despot system kind of like the European medieval system of secular powers to some extent doing the bidding of the religious chief.

I think I have to respect reality. When we were designing the categories I went for geographical, because that’s the way most coin collectors think, I think. Tibet isn’t really “South Asia,” is it? And I didn’t really see a purpose, commercially speaking, of having a “Central Asia” category, because the market is kind of small. I kind of think that, if I have to put it somewhere, with something, it kind of goes with China.

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.