5 Sho

Features

Issuer Tibet (China)
Period Ganden Phodrang (1642-1959)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1-60 (1913-1927)
Calendar Tibetan
Value 5 Sho (0.5)
Currency Srang (1792-1959)
Composition Silver
Weight 8.60 g
Diameter 29 mm
Thickness 1.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 119401
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References Y# 18,
Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins : 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, USA.
And 1 more volumes.
L&M# 656,
Lin Gwo Ming, Ma Tak Wo; 2008. Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Gold & Silver Coins (7th edition). Tak Wo Numismatic, Hong Kong.
Kann# 1442,
Eduard Kann; 2006. Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins / Volume 1. Chinese Coins up to 1911. Ishi Press International, Bronx, New York, United States.
And 2 more volumes.
Hsu# 537
Tsu-chín Hsü; 1978. Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins. Xiang Gang you cháo she.

Obverse

Snow lion facing left with scroll ornaments around, all surrounded by Tibetan characters within the petals of an eight-petalled lotus.

Script: Tibetan

Lettering: དགའ་ལྡན་ཕོ་བྲང་ ཕྱོ་ ལས་རྣམ་ རྣམ་རྒྱལ།

Translation:
dga' ldan pho brang phyo(gs) las rnam rgyal
The Ganden palace, victorious in all directions

Reverse

Triratna (triple gem) surrounded by Tibetan characters, all surrounded by the Buddhist Eight Auspicious symbols (a white parasol, a conch shell, a treasure vase, a victory banner, a dharma wheel, a pair of golden fish, an endless knot, and a lotus flower) within the petals of an eight-petalled lotus.

Script: Tibetan

Lettering: རབ་བྱུང་ ༡༥་ ལོ་ ༥༩་ ཞོ་ ལྔ་

Translation:
rab byung 15 lo 59 zho lnga
Cycle 15, year 59, five Sho

Edge

Reeded.

Comments

Krause reports a Y#18.1a for Year 53 and Year 56, specifying the composition as copper with some specimens being silver plated or silver washed. More information is needed on these pieces.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
47 (1913)  Y#18: ༡༦ - ༤༧
48 (1914)  Y#18: ༡༦ - ༤༨
49 (1915)  Y#18: ༡༦ - ༤༩ (lion looking upwards)
49 (1915)  Y#18.1: ༡༥ - ༤༩ (lion looking backwards)
50 (1916)  Y#18: ༡༦ - ༦༠ (lion looking upwards; large lion)
50 (1916)  Y#18: ༡༦ - ༦༠ (lion looking upwards; small lion)
50 (1916)  Y#18.1: ༡༥ - ༥༠ (lion looking backwards)
51 (1917)  Y#18.1: ༡༥ - ༥༡
52 (1918)  Y#18.1: ༡༥ - ༥༢ (without dots in front of lion's face)
52 (1918)  Y#18.2: ༡༥ - ༥༢ (with dots in front of lion's face)
53 (1919)  Y#18.1: ༡༥ - ༥༣
56 (1922)  Y#18.1: ༡༥ - ༥༦
58 (1924)  Y#18: ༡༦ - ༦༨
59 (1925)  Y#18: ༡༦ - ༦༩
59 (1925)  Y#18.1: ༡༥ - ༥༩
60 (1926)  Y#18: ༡༦ - ༦༠ (lion looking upwards)
60 (1926)  Y#18.1: ༡༥ - ༦༠ (lion looking backwards)
1 (1927)  Y#18.1: ༡༦ - ༡

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