An Interesting History Of Nepali Coins That You Didn’t Knew About

Nepal issued this 40mm silver 1000 Rupees coin in 2005 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Rotary International. The design features the Rotary International 100th Anniversary Emblem with the inscriptions “A Century of Service, A New Century of Success” along with the dates “1905 – 2005,” denomination, and country name.

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The back features the traditional design used on the modern Kingdom of Nepal coins. Rotary International is a service club of businessmen and professionals that encourages high ethical standards, builds goodwill, and provides humanitarian services. It has over 1.2 million members in over 34,000 local clubs worldwide.

scout coin nepal

Nepal recently released this 2012 dated copper-nickel 50 Rupee coin commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Scouting in Nepal. One side of the coin depicts the Nepal Scout emblem.  The other side features Baden Powell Scout Peak. The peak, formerly known as Urkema Peak, was renamed by the government of Nepal in 2007 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world Scouting movement.  The peak, part of the Himalayas, stands 19,114 feet (5826m).

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nepal red cross coin

In March 2015,  Nepal released a 100 Rupee coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Nepal Junior Red Cross Society.  The 29mm copper-nickel colored coin features a red cross on one side and Mount Everest on the other.  The coin is dated VS2071 which corresponds to 2014-2015 AD.

Founded in 1965 as a wing of the Nepal Red Cross Society, the Nepal Junior Red Cross has some 800,000 members in almost 3,500 circles spread throughout the country. Their training proved valuable in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.  The coin is Uncirculated, though it may have some toning due to the way the Nepal mint handles coins.

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This 1955 Nepal 4 Paisa coin was struck from brass rifle cartridges used by Gurkha troops that fought against the Japanese in Burma and Assam in World War II.  Gurkha soldiers from Nepal have long been noted for their fearless military prowess and have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years.  The cartridges had been stored in a government warehouse.

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They were rediscovered by a General who had them turned over to the mint to issue coins to honor the Gurkha’s service in the war.  Because they are struck from used cartridges, the coins are a bit crude.   The center hole was created by the removal of the primer.  They were struck only a single year, due to the limited supply of the cartridges available.