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Tibet on our mind.

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

Prior to the Chinese occupation, this independent country 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. No portraits of the Dali Lama.

The colors are quite traditional too.

Beautiful stuff from beautiful people.




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