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    Currency-note made of paper.

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    • Length: 18.6 centimetres
    • Width: 11.2 centimetres
    • Weight: 0.01 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    See AOA Ethdoc 1639 - copy letter Hugh Richardson/Brian Durrans 4.12.1985 - '... I also enclose 3 Tibetan currency notes. The blue is of 10 srang value, the smaller yellow one of 25 srang, and the big yellow one is 100 srang. These are printed on daphne bark paper made under special security in Drags [?] po. You will see a sort of water mark in the two yellow notes and on the back of the 100 srang note is a small black spot in a yellow space to the right side ofthe central design. It is also intended as a security check...'


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