20 Srang

Features

Issuer Tibet (China)
Period Ganden Phodrang (1642-1959)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 52-55 (1918-1921)
Calendar Tibetan
Value 20 Srang (20)
Currency Srang (1792-1959)
Composition Gold
Weight 10.91 g
Diameter 28 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 21440
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References Y# 22,
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# 1063,
Lin Gwo Ming, Ma Tak Wo; 2008. Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Gold & Silver Coins (7th edition). Tak Wo Numismatic, Hong Kong.
Kann# 1587,
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# 26,
Tsu-chín Hsü; 1978. Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins. Xiang Gang you cháo she.
Fr# 1
Arthur L. Friedberg, Ira S. Friedberg, Robert Friedberg; 2017. Gold Coins of the World : From Ancient Times to the Present (9th edition). Coin & Currency Institute, Williston, Vermont, USA.

Obverse

Snow lion facing left with Tibetan characters above and below, 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).

Script: Tibetan

Lettering:
རབ་བྱང
༡༥
སོ ༥༣

Translation:
rab byung 15 / lo 55
Cycle 15 / Year 55

Reverse

Flower within circle surrounded by Tibetan characters.

Script: Tibetan

Lettering: ༄། དགའ་ལྡན་ཕོ་བྲང་ ཕྱོ་ ལས་རྣམ་ རྣམ་རྒྱལ། ཏམ་ སྲང་ ༢༠

Translation:
dga' ldan pho brang phyo(gs) las rnam rgyal tam srang 20
The Ganden palace, victorious in all directions, 20 Tam Srang

Edge

Reeded.

Comments

Varieties exist with and without a dot in the centre of the flower on the reverse.

Silver and Copper strikings are believed to be very high quality forgeries.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
52 (1918)  ༡༥ - ༥༢ (with dot)
52 (1918)  ༡༥ - ༥༢ (without dot)
53 (1919)  ༡༥ - ༥༣ (with dot)
53 (1919)  ༡༥ - ༥༣ (without dot)
54 (1920)  ༡༥ - ༥༤ (with dot)
54 (1920)  ༡༥ - ༥༤ (without dot)
55 (1921)  ༡༥ - ༥༥ (without dot)

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