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 tibetan coin books:

coin catalogue by Yin Zhen Min: 24,99

krung govi bod kyi dngul:

A Study of Tibetan Paper Money by Wolfgang Bertsch

The Currency of Tibet by Wolfgang Bertsch

Geld aus Tibet by Karl Gabrisch

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):

and here the link to it's online store:

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:



Kelsang Tamka

The Kelsang Tamka was minted probably 1910 and was struck to be made as presents to monks during the grand Monlam chenmo festival.It is a typical Tamka with the 8 lucky symbols on the back and the inscription of the Tibetan government on front.The Kelsang Tamka shows some varieties in the number of dots that are placed before and after each of the 4 blocks of the inscription. I will sign dots as "o" and no dot as "x". Reading the dots starts in the above horizontal line of the inscription and continues clockwise.

2 dots


three dots


three dots


four dots


five dots


five dots


five dots


six dots







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