Government of Nepal
Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation

Department of Archaeology
National Numismatics Museum
Chhauni, Kathmandu


Coins of the Shah Dynasty

After the King Prithvi Narayan Shah conquered Kantipur in 1768, Patan and Bhaktapur also fell in the hands of Gorkhalis. Then a Greater Nepal came into existence and Kathmandu was made the capital of the country. Then the king shifted his royal residence at Hanumandhoka Royal Palace in Kathmandu from Gorkha.
King Prithvi Narayan Shah has already issued silver coins in 1754 AD from Nuwakot. The history of Shah Coinage starts from this point. It was purer in quality than the coins issued by the Kathmandu kings. The coins include from the time of king Prithvi Narayan Shah to the King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev.
Besides the monetary coins there are commemorative coins and other jubilee celebration coins also included in the exhibition. During this period the coins are minted in noble metal and base metals alike. They are comprised of gold, silver, copper, brass, nickel and aluminum. The paper money was also introduced during this period.