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A short introduction to Tibetan coins. Click here to download the PDF.

Literature on Tibetan coins: Books and journals:

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A Study of Tibetan Paper Money by Wolfgang BertschBertsch a study of tibetan paper money

The Currency of Tibet by Wolfgang Bertsch
Bertsch the currency of tibet

Geld aus Tibet by Karl GabrischGabrisch geld aus tibet

中国西藏钱币图录 Zhongguo xizang qianbi tulu by Yin Zhenminyin zhen min

中国西藏钱币 Zhongguo Xizang qianbi
krung govi bod kyi dngul

西藏地方货币 Xizang difang huobi by Wang Haiyan
xizang difang huobi

四川藏洋 Sichuan zangyang
sichuan rupee book

原西藏地方货币概况 Yuan Xizang difang huobi gaikuang
chin green coin book

Journal article in 西藏研究/ Xizang yanjiu/ Tibet Studies
bod ljongs zhib vjug

Journal article in 中国藏学/ Zhongguo zangxue/ China Tibetologychina tibetology

Journal articles in 中国钱币/ Zhongguo qianbi/ China Moneychina numismatics

Journal articles in 西藏金融/ Xizang jinrong/ Tibet Finance
bod lyjongs dngul rtsa


For more books in Tibetan language see:




a beautiful page by myself on Chinese Ration Coupons, so far mainly the minority areas like Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Guangxi (it is still under construction, but one can see already some of the enornous effort):


or interested in little antiques from Tibet:


I have a new project going on: it does not really fit with my coins ... but this is a birdwatching site for Tibet. I show pictures if the birds I can find here:


tibetbirds link


to get more information and pictures of coins, please click one of the below pictures. This list is sorted chronologically.

nepali coinage

Nepali coinage for Tibet: in the 16th to the 18th century the Nepali kingdoms of Kathmandu, Bhatgaon and Patan as well as later the Shah dynasty minted the coins for Tibet.


The earliest (dated) Tibetan coins, the Kongpar Tamka from 1791 on.

sino tibetan issues

Bilingual sino tibetan coins, since 1794

Ganden tamka


The Ganden Tamkas. Since the 1840s

Chinese issues

Sichuanese trade Rupees
In Tibet as well as in the Indian, Burmese, Chinese (Sichuan and Yunnan) border areas the British Indian Rupee was used for trade. The Chinese answer to repel the Indian Rupee was the Sichuan Rupee, a coin very similar in silver weight, quality and design.

pic to come
The last sino Tibetan coins of the last Chinese emperor Xuan Tong (also called Pu Yi). 1909.
kelsang tamka


The Kelsang Tamka. A Tamka minted for presentation to the monks at the Monlam Chenmo festival 1909.

kar sho sang coinage

Kar, sho and sang coinage since 1909. After the collapse of theQing Dynastie, when Tibet and Mongolia considered their relation with the Qing emperors as terminated and independace was officially declared a decimal system for Tibetan coinage was introduced.
10 Kar = 1 Sho
10 Sho = 1 Sang



Tibetan banknotes.

ration coupons


Ration coupons for Tibet.


Tibetan stamps: yet to come







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