Nepal VS1991 tola
This specimen was lot 30217 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $616.88. The catalog description noted, "Tribhuvana Bir Bikram gold Ashraphi VS1991 (1934) MS64 NGC. Fully struck with gleaming luster and bright golden tone. A lightly marked coin for the grade." This issue of king Tribhuvana Bir Bikram (r. 1911-50) is listed for VS 1969-2003 (common era 1912-46). No date is given a premium, more likely due to lack of interest than any variation in rarity. Nepal was and is an independent nation between India and Tibet but under the strong influence of the British raj.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 12.48 g, gold.
Catalog reference: KM 703.1.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.