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Tibet on Our Mind
March 25, 2008

With one of the largest religious fest days in the Christian calendar just past, I've been drifting to another part of the word. Tibet.

This country when independent had a great heritage of banknote and coin production. Here is an example of a 100 Sarang note from the 1942-1959 period, and is listed at #11 in the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, General Issues volume.

It is beautiful in its complexity, yet simple in production - Wood Block printing on hand made paper.

The colors are quite traditional too.

Beautiful stuff from beautiful people.


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On February 13, 2009 clmarabu said
The illustrated Tibetan 100 srang note was actually machine printed with metal blocks on Tibetan hand made paper. Only the first series of Tibetan notes in tam denomination (5, 10,25 and blue 50 tam)which were first issued in 1913 were printed by hand from woodblocks.
The serial numbers are written by hand on all Tibetan banknotes

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George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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