”Blackbirds tend to like Shiny Things” ~ The Bloody Raven
I was attracted this shiny piece from Nepal of a favorite Canadian e-tailer in Ontario. I put in a bid at what I thought as a significant discount of the posted 2017 Krause Catalogue value, as one of those ‘not totally interested’ but for the sake of recreational sport bidding. I didn’t expect to win at my low bid.
One thing I’ve observed on my auction experience and talks with Members of the local coins club is that published Trend Prices do not reflect the reality of collectable prices as the older generation tries to pass on their collection to an uninterested newer generation. Retiring Baby Boomers end up liquidating their collections resulting in an oversupply and dealers don’t have much choice but reduce their prices. So there is a squeeze in overall prices except for exceptional high quality rarities.
With that in mind, one thing led to another and voila, here she is! Free shipping and a passing the CCT Silver Slide test! I will discuss this test on later blog on this Low Tech non-destructive testing solution.
Where is Nepal?
The Exotic Coin
This is only one coin of a series of Commemorative coins initiated by the SAVE THE CHILDREN FUND an international Nongovernmental organization based in London in United Kingdom, founded in April 1919.
The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts. ~ Wiki
This series comprise of a coin from 12 different countries; Botswana, Gambia, Indonesia, Nepal, Oman, Sierra Leone, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Mongolia, the Philippines, Zambia and I believe Suriname.
Mintage are be limited to 3000 22K gold coins and 20,000 in sterling silver and were available in sets only by subscription at the time.
This series is minted by the British Royal Mint.
Ah, so someone had to bust a set to free this coin!
A beautiful Obverse of a Symbol that I thought was a religious symbol at first but turned out as the symbol of the reigning King Birendra Bir Bikram at the time. This design is similar to that of a Coat of Arms like a country as in some coining traditions go.
The Nepalese Bank had long decided for the Royal symbol rather than a portrait of the King himself as far coins were concerned. Apparently this is the Nepalese tradition with previous coinage in the distant past.
An Exotic Banknote
Again, I wish to thank my friend Punky’s Dad for loaning me this banknote from his personal collection.
King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev featured here was the last Hindu king of Nepal following the death of King Birendra Bir Bikram in 2001. In 2008 Nepal became a Constitutional Republic that ended Monarchy rule.
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