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1955 Nepal 4 Paisa: The Bullet Coins of the Gurkhas VF-XF

1955 Nepal 4 Paisa: The Bullet Coins of the Gurkhas VF-XF

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The 4 Paisa coin from Nepal, the country on the Roof of the World, pays tribute to the Nepalese Gurkhas, who enjoy a legendary reputation as soldiers worldwide. The emergence of this coin is unique in numismatic history.

Coin Highlights:
  • One-year type only.
  • Coins were minted from World War II rifle bullet casing, used by the Gurkha soldiers.
  • Obverses: Lettering around the hole depicting issuing country and denomination. 'The Nepal Government - 4 Paisa".
  • Reverse: Lettering around the hole featuring the date and legend. 'Sri Bhabani - 2012 (1955)'.
  • Minted by the Nepal Government.


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During World War II, Gurkha regiments fought together with the British and allied troops against the Japanese. The spent cartridge cases were gleaned from the battlefields. General Shamshek Rama discovered these empty cartridge cases in a government warehouse behind the Tangal Palace and suggested in 1955 that they should be minted into coins as a way of paying tribute to the fallen and valiant Gurkha soldiers.

As the number of empty shells was limited, the 4 Paisa coins were issued for a period of only one year. The hole in the center was created through the elimination of the detonation plates of the cartridge cases.

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Posted By:C.Knight

From:Portland, OR

Date:Aug 9, 2021

1955 Gurkhas Bullet Coin

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A very unique coin for the collection. Received in perfect condition!


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