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Swastika on coins of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
« on: December 06, 2015, 08:38:13 AM »
The swastika has been used by humans since prehistory. The word swastika has its roots in Sanskrit स्वस्तिक - su (meaning "good" or "auspicious") combined with asti (meaning "being"), along with the diminutive suffix ka. The swastika literally means "well-being".

Swastikas have been found on vases, coins and other artefacts all over the world. Various cultures that probably did not communicate with each other used swastikas or similar symbols independently.

It may be that the swastika is an archetypal image in man's collective unconscious (as described by Carl Jung) in other words, the human brain tends to have an affinity for the swastika and similar shapes.

The Nazis' use of the swastika has stained the symbol's reputation for an extremely long time. Notably, the swastika has been outlawed in certain circumstances in Germany and other countries if used as a symbol of Nazism. But many modern white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups use stylized swastikas or similar symbols.

1. Nepal: Malla dynasty, AD 15401768. Group b, Mohar standard, AD 16401768, Kingdom of Patan, Jaya Yoga Narendra Malla, 16851705: 1 mohar, KM#326, NS 808 (1688). Obv. figure formed of two interlaced swastikas.

2. Nepal: Shah Dynasty, from AD 1749. Pratap Simha Shah, AD 17751777: 1 mohar, KM#472.1, SE 1698 (1776). Obv. small circle in centre, round it a square divided by a swastika.

3. Nepal: Shah Dynasty, from AD 1749. Gyanendra Vir Vikram, AD 20012008, second reign: 250 rupee, KM#1176, VS 2060 (2003).

4. Tibet: Tangka coinage system, 17031930. Ranjana Tangka ("Lantsa" script), 18801912 (15-46/1912). Obv. swastika above the central square right.

5. Bhutan: Period II, ca. 18201835. rupee, KM#6.

6. Bhutan: Period III, 18351910. rupee, KM#9.2.

7. Bhutan: Period III, 18351910. rupee, KM#12.

8. Bhutan: Period IV, ca. 19101927. rupee, KM#18a.

9. Bhutan: Period IV, ca. 19101927. rupee, KM#20a.

10. Bhutan: Period IV, ca. 19101927. rupee, KM#22.
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Re: Swastika on coins of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2015, 08:39:33 AM »
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