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Tibet Sho  1918 to 1928
Tibet Sho 1918 to 1928

If you have a coin from Tibet, I'd hold on to it. Tibetan numismatics (study of coins) is in its infancy. I do not know of a definitive online reference. The Standard Catalog of World Coins has a good section on these coins. There are many variations and they are difficult to describe. As time goes on a more study is applied to these coins, their values will go up.

The coin in our picture, which corresponds to the one sent to us by requester Al, is a common 1 sho coin in copper. There are many varieties of this coin, and there are many Tibetan coins which look similar.

For common 1 sho coins:

worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $100

To research your coin further, try a Google search on 'Standard Catalog of World Coins Tibet' or, better yet, buy a copy of the catalog and use it for all yours. The catalog has descriptions of all collectible Tibetan coins and extensive details about reading their dates and denominations. The catalog provides approximate values for all coins.

Coin: 21278 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: Al Rossin, Sat, 18-Jun-2016 03:29:41 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 19-Jun-2016 00:30:08 GMT
Requester description: Both sides have dots around the rim with a circle directly inside them.
One side has another ring of dots and circle about halfway to the center and some sort of writing in the center and between the rings of dots.
The other side has an animal i can't identify in the center with geometric shapes or perhaps writing around it.
Tags: tibet dots dot rim circle one ring center offcenter rings animal beaded period dotted beading beads point periods points bead circled encircle circlet circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling circling loop circular circumscribed ones off offset certer centre centers centered dog wolf coyote dragon horse sheep goat ram ramatanka lamb wolfhound bulldog dragons mountie mounted mount equestrian rider pony horsehead riding horseman ride horseback horses equestres stallion goats tanka ramayana tonka ramtanka rama

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