Tibet 1-SHO (Y23) Snow Lion
The Snow Lion (aka Snowlion) is a "celestial animal" and part of Shambhala Buddhism. It symbolizes fearlessness, unconditional cheerfulness, east, and the earth element. It is commonly pictured as white with a turquoise mane and tail (and other furry tufts).
The Snow Lion was featured on the coins, banknotes, stamps, and national flag of Tibet.
This 1 sho coin was minted from 1932 to 1938 (and a rare issue in 1942). I am told that this example is from 1936 of which there are three main variations indicated by either a "drop", "circle", or "cross" mark. Where this mark is located is a mystery to me. (The 2014 ed. of Krause is supposed to indicate the position with an arrow, but they forgot to print an arrow.)
- Diameter: 24.2 mm
- Composition: Copper
- CAT#: Y23