Tibet Silver 1 Sho, 1794AD Qian Long Bao Zang, Year 59 Sino-Tibetan coinage Rare
China Qiang Long Emperor
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 - Chien Lung Treasure for Tibet, Year 59
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.
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 land of strangers and or an exotic region of mystery. I agree that Tibet is mysterious in a way few other places are.