Tibet 1-SHO (Y23)
Tibet 1-SHO (Y23)

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.)

Specifications

  • Diameter: 24.2 mm
  • Composition: Copper
  • CAT#: Y23

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