Government of Nepal
Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation

Department of Archaeology
National Numismatics Museum
Chhauni, Kathmandu

Foreign Coins

This museum also displays currencies from dierent coun-tries whether these currencies are from ancient time or new currencies that are still being used.

Leather and Mud Coins

Another attraction of this museum is currencies made from variety of leather and mud. From religion perspective, Buddhists started using currencies made from mud during the time when they built Buddha stupas. But there have been contradiction among dierent researchers regarding the usage of currencies madefrom leather and mud in Nepal.

Jawa Coin

Jawa coin is the world’s smallest silver coin (currency). It weighs 0.004 gram only.

Coins from Modern Period

A large number of modern coins issued by the Shah rulers are another precious possession of the museum. The first coin issued by Prithivi Narayan Shah from Nuwakot in 1754 is also displayed in the museum.

Dolakha Coins

After the death of King Yakshya Malla a small administrative unit of Dolakha under him also became an independent kingdom. It is located about fifty kilometers east of Kathmandu Valley. King Indra Singh Dev of Dolakha issued the silver coin for the first time in history. The coin was issued in Nepal Era 666 (1545A.D.) […]

Lichchavi Coins

Around eleventh century AD new series of coins named sivaka and drama were issued in Nepal. The museum has a collection and also displaying some of these rare collection and also displaying some of these rare coins of early medieval period.