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Ga-Den Tangka Hammered Coinage


These silver coins are the Ga-Den Tangka Coinage which are hammered coins. Tibet is a well known Buddhist  country hence we see many buddhist and feng-shui auspicious symbols in a Ga-Den coin. In fact, the Ga-Den Tangka has been known to be the most common and most beautiful of all Tibetan silver coins.

General details:

A. On the obverse side, is a stylized LOTUS flow within a circle surrounded by the 8 Buddhist lucky symbols in radiating petals.

Meanings for Obverse side of Types C through H

Meanings for Obverse side of Types C through H

1-Umbrella of sovereignty

2-Two golden fish of good fortune

3-Amphora of ambrosia


5-Conch shell

6-Emblem of endless birth

7-Banner of victory

8-Wheel of empire

B. On the reverse side of this coin is an 8-petalled wheel(flower) within a star surrounded by a Tibetan inscription(reading Ga-den Place, victories in all directions) which is broken up into 8 oval frames.

C.  The Ga-Den Place is the former residence of the Dalai Lamas, located in Drepung Monastery near Lhasa.

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