Government of Nepal
Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation

Department of Archaeology
National Numismatics Museum
Chhauni, Kathmandu

Garland of Coins

Besides the transaction, the coins are found to be used as valued ornament also by the people from medieval period. There was a custom of offering garland of coins to the deities. Even the people used them in the form of a garland. There are some examples of them in this museum. The garlands worn […]

Fragmented Coins

The full value of Nepalese coins was trended in Tibet as fifteen Karma (a kind of denomination) only one denomination. But when people needed in smaller denominations they were cut into pieces and thus used. There are many pieces of such fragmented coins belonging to King Jayaprakash Malla and Pratap Singh Shah. The Tibetans term […]

Paper Money in Nepal

Only metal coins were circulated in Nepal from Lichchhavi period to 1945 A.D. They were denominated and rates were fixed on the weight of the metal used on the coins. The denomination was called paisa. But in the decades of nineteen forties, the people faced problems with dual monetary exchange system. The Indian coins were […]

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 […]

Medieval Coins

Silver coins in the form and size of a rupee weighing a Tola (11.6grams) were introduced for the first time in this period in Kathmandu Valley. Authentically Indrasingh Dev the king of a petty kingdom of Dolakha (about 76 km east of Kathmandu) is found to be the first king to mint the silver coin […]

Ancient Coins

The ancient coins are exhibited in this museum were collected during the excavation of the Tilaurakot (1967-1976), the ancient city of Kapilvastu. They are punch marked coins (sixth century BC) and Kushan coins of Kaniska and Huviska (1st century AD). The Lichchhavi coins were found in Kathmandu Valley which was designed in many ways. Some […]