This week our blog-ette is on a note from the beautiful country Nepal. Officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Nepal is probably best known for being home to Mount Everest, but is also home to Kali Gandaki canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world. Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha; however, only about 10% of the country practices Buddhism. Additionally, Nepal is home to the Himalayan beast best known as the yeti.
The note we are looking at this week is Nepal 50 Rupees p52 (BNB 267). The yellow, red and green note is from 2005, but wasn’t introduced until 2006. This note has both Nepali and English text. The front of the note features King Gyanendra dressed in doura, Nepal Rastra Bank building, anniversary logo, Mount Machhapuchhre, and Ashok Stambh. The back of the note has the bank logo, two daphne (national bird), Mount Amadablam, and Nepal’s coat of arms. The watermark for this note is King Gyanendra.
King Gyanendra who’s full name is Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev ascended to the throne in 2001. He succeeded his brother King Birendra who reigned from 1972 until 2001 when he was assassinated along with 8 other members of the royal family. These assassinations were committed by his son, the Crown Prince Dipendra who later committed suicide. Being that King Gyanendra was the second son, he wasn’t involved in politics or trained in government activities. In 2002, King Gyanendra dissolved the parliament, took on authoritarian policies, and by 2005 assumed ultimate control over the country. However, this led to several protests that eventually saw parliament reinstated and by 2008 the monarchy was abolished.
Ashok Stambh also known as Ashok Pillar is located in Lumbini, Nepal. It is one of many pillars built by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. These sandstone pillars originally had inscriptions, but today only 19 of these pillars still have those inscriptions. Many of the Ashok Stambhs are found in India; however; Emperor Ashoka, had this pillar erected to commemorate his visit to Lumbini which is the birthplace of buddha. This pillar is 6 meters in height and wasn’t rediscovered until 1896.
There were so many interesting things featured on this note. For this blog-ette I focused on King Gyanendra whose reign ultimately led to the abolishment of the monarchy in Nepal, and Ashok Stambh which is a sandstone pillar found in Lumbini. Check out Robert’s World Money to learn more about this interesting 50 Rupees note from Nepal.
Denomination: 50 Rupees
Pick #: 52
Banknote Book #: 267
Year: 2005 (2006)
Other Info: Sign 13
Depictions: King Gyanendra; Nepal Rastra Bank building; anniversary logo; Mount Machhapuchhre; Ashok Stambh; Nepal’s coat of arms
Note Size: 5 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
Continent: Asia and the Middle East
Watermark: King Gyanendra