Tibet Silver 1 Sho, 1794AD Qian Long Bao Zang, Year 59 Sino-Tibetan coinage Rare

China Qiang Long Emperor
Tibet Silver 1 Sho
Qian Long Bao Zang, Qianglong Treasure for Tibet
Year 59, 1794 AD


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Size: 25.2 mm; weight: 3.7 grams; Material: Silver

Minted in the 59th year of Chien Lung reign (1794)

Obv: Qian Long Bao Zang - Ch'ien Lung Treasure for Tibet, Year 59

乾隆寶藏

Rev: Tibetan translation

 

In 1792 Qing government established a mint in Lhasa to issue silver coins for the local market until 1836. The first issue was closely modeled on the old Tibetan coins, the later one was introduced with Chinese inscription on one side [Ch'ien Lung Pao Tsang - 4 Chinese characters mean Ch'ien Lung Treasure for Tibet] and a Tibetan translation of it on the other. On the both sides of the coin were bearing an intended square hole in the middle. There were three denominations weighing 1.5, 1, and 0.5 mace. Similar Pao-Tsang coins were cast in the reigns of Chia Ch'ing, Tao Kuang and Huan Tung Emperors until the establishment of the Republic of China in 1911. All of these coins were known by the Western as Sino-Tibetan coinage.

A Chinese reference mentions about coins exquisitely minted in the first year of the K'ang Hsi reign (1661) were discovered for the first time and were not recorded in history. (page 37, A History of Chinese currency - 16th century BC - 20th century AD)

There are many varieties of these coins. I confess in verifying the dates on the coins, more the worse, I can't even verify the coins of the different 5 mints in Tibet.
As I know that there are 5 mints have issued coins in Tibet. They are Dode; Dodpal; Mekyl; Ser-Khang and Tapchi mints. Although there are no mintmarks on the coins, an experienced collector can point out the varieties of the mints easily by reading the legend. I hope I can verify my Tangka coin soon.

 

Tibetan Tangka Coins

 

Tibet is located on the Tibetan plateau of Central Asia. It is known as 'the Land of Snows' or 'the Rooftop of the World'. To the West, Tibet has represented a forbidden lan