Author: Wolfgang BertschPublisher: Library of Tibetan Works & ArchivesYear: 1997Language: EnglishPages: 93ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186470166
This work explores both the content and design of the currency, and provides a thoroughly researched and comprehensive Bibliography of Tibetan currency representing a unique blend of printing skills and the artistic genius.Paper currency was only introduced into Tibet in the early 20th century, and yet Tibetan banknotes are arguably the most attractive among world currencies. The designs on the banknotes include both religious and national symbols, such as the snow lion and the lung rta ('wind horse'), and most are printed in vivid colors.This currency represents a unique blend of printing skills and the artistic genius inspired by a long historical tradition of painting in Tibet. Those banknotes which survive are a testament to Tibet's independent status prior to 1959, and serve as a tangible reminder of Tibetan material culture. The author of this numismatic study explores both the content and design of the currency, and provides a thoroughly researched and comprehensive Bibliography for those who wish to pursue the subject further.
Publisher's NotePrefaceIntroductionPART ONEThe 5 Tam noteThe 10 Tam noteThe 15 Tam noteThe 25 Tam noteThe blue 50 Tam noteThe multicolored 50 Tam notePART TWOThe 100 Tam srang noteThe 100m Srang noteThe 10 Srang noteThe 5 Srang noteThe 25 Srang noteAppendix IAppendix IIAppendix IIINotesBibliography