• 2 Rupees 2006-2009, KM# 1188, Nepal, Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah
  • 2 Rupees 2006-2009, KM# 1188, Nepal, Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah
Description

Gyanendra Shah (born 7 July 1947) reigned as the last King of Nepal from 2001 to 2008 and is also known as the world's last Hindu King. His reign began due to the 2001 Nepalese royal massacre.

Gyanendra's second reign was marked by constitutional turmoil. His predecessor King Birendra had established a constitutional monarchy in which he delegated policy to a representative government. The growing insurgency of the Nepalese Civil War during King Gyanendra's reign interfered with elections of representatives. After several delays in elections, King Gyanendra suspended the constitution and assumed direct authority in February 2005, asserting that it would be a temporary situation to suppress the Maoist insurgency. In the face of broad opposition, he restored the previous parliament in April 2006. His reign ended approximately two years later, when the Nepalese Constituent Assembly declared Nepal a republic and abolished the monarchy.

Obverse

Depicts Mount Everest above inscription "Sagarmatha" (name of Everest in Nepali) as the inscription, in the centre of the traditional square design. Date below.

Traditional square design includes images of Padma (lotus), Chakra, Moon, Sun, Shankha (conch shell) and Gada (mace). Lettering is "His Majesty King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah", date below.

The Sudarshana Chakra is a spinning, disk-like weapon with 108 serrated edges used by the Hindu god Vishnu.

Padma (Nelumbo nucifera), the sacred lotus, is an aquatic plant that plays a central role in Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism.

Shankha, translated from Tibetan is literally “white conch”, is a trumpet formed from a white conch shell of the species Turbinella pyrum, from the Indian Ocean. The conch shell of ritual and religious importance in both Hinduism and Buddhism.

The gada is a blunt mace or club from India. Made either of wood or metal, it consists essentially of a spherical head mounted on a shaft, with a spike on the top. The gada is the main weapon of the Hindu god Hanuman.

सगरमाथा
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Reverse

Farmer ploughing with water buffalos, country name above, value below.

The water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) or domestic water buffalo is a large bovid originating in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and China.

नेपाल NEPAL
२ रुपैयाँ

Edge
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Characteristics
Material Brass Plated Steel
Weight 5 g
Diameter 24.93 mm
Thickness 1.58 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Kathmandu Mint

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Brass Plated Steel, 5.07 g, ⌀ 25 mm