Denomination: 1 Tangka
Date: Circa (1850-1948 CE)
Description: OBVERSE: Lotus Flower + 8 Buddhist Lucky Symbols.
REVERSE: 8-petalled Wheel/Flower
History: These Tibetan silver coins known as Ga-den. Silver Tangkas are considered by many to be the most beautiful of all Tibetan coins. They were struck around the time of the 12th Dalai Lama.
Tibet historically represented a forbidden land encircled by the Himalayan and Kunlum mountains. The Dalai Lamas, the spiritual leader purposely isolated the country for over a thousand years.
The Tanka's obverse shows a Lotus Flower within a circle surrounded by the 8 Buddhist Lucky Symbols:
Chattra-Parasol; protection against all evil.
Shrivasta- An infinite knot; long life and never-ending love.
Dharmachakra- Wheel of the Law; the eight spokes represent the eight-fold-path. Completion and salvation through Buddha's teachings.
Kalasha-vase of abundance; contains water of immortality.
Matsyayugma- Golden fish, salvation from suffering, fertility.
Padma- The Perfect Lotus; purity