Origin: Struck on the isolated Tibetan Plateau, these intricate silver Ga-den Tang'ka coins certainly rank among the most beautiful money ever produced.
Buddhist monks have long settled Tibet amongst the towering Himalayas, and this religious heritage heavily influenced the design of these coins. Variations of Tang'ka coins were struck between the reigns of the 12th and 14th Dalai Llamas (c. 1850 - 1948), with the basic design being inspired by Nepali and Indian coinage.
Pictured on the obverse is a lotus flower surrounded by eight Buddhist symbols of good luck: a vase, a golden fish, amphora of ambrosia, another lotus, a shell, an infinite knot, an umbrella, a banner, and the wheel of law. The reverse bears a Tibetan inscription praising the Dalai Llama's residence of Ga-den: "Ga-den Palace, victorious in all directions."
Each of our Tang'ka coins has been inspected by an ANA Certified numismatist and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
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Tibetan Buddhist monastery with monk, 1929.
Your order will include:
One Tibetan Tang'ka coin
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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