Thursday, June 13, 2019

Looking for Old Bhutanese Coins

The Royal Government of Bhutan struck Thala coins for the first time in 1928. Some 20,000 of them were struck. The design of the coin was done by the Englishman Mr. A. P. Spencer of the Calcutta Mint, India. It is said that this design was his finest work. The following is one of the pieces. Unfortunately, as you can see, the word “DRUK” was wrongly rendered.


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The mistake was detected and corrected in 1929 when 30,000 of the coins were struck. The following is the corrected version.


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I have been trying to locate the above corrected version but cannot find them. They seem to have disappeared from the face of the earth. I fear that whole lot of them have been melted down and turned into Chakar or Trimi or Koma or Koma Jabtha. If you posses any, please let me know so that I can take a photo of it.

3 comments:

  1. Hello... my mother does have a few of these coins la. We have some pictures of it, if you could provide me your email ID, i could send you pictures la.

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  2. Hi There,

    Thanks ..... my email is: yesheydorji@gmail.com

    Please send me a close-up photo of the coin you have.

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  3. Today I saw this coin at my grandmas Wallet...... That Druk was wrongly rendered

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