Bhutan Coin Depicts Shakyamuni Buddha

25 May 2021  Tue

Buddhism is one of the greatest religions in the world with three major schools of Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Mahayana school of Buddhism is being followed by the majority of the Buddhist countries and has been commemorated on several numismatics issues of the countries.

The above coin is a part of nine coins series called the World Buddha Heritage series which was launched in 2010. Released in the year 2015, the above coin of 250 Ngultrum is the last issue of the series. The coin depicts Shakyamuni Buddha. According to Mahayana traditions, Buddha has many incarnations and Shakyamuni Buddha is considered to be the first one.

The obverse of the coin depicts the 51 meters tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue in Bhutan . The Budha has an Urna or the Third Eye, which symbolizes the Eye of Wisdom that sees unity. The background shows an intricate pattern of circular ringlets representing life between the extremes of indulgence and mortification.

The victory banner featured on the coin reverse is Gyaltsen – one of the 8 auspicious elements in Buddhism. Gyaltsen signifies the victory of the Buddha’s teachings over death, ignorance, disharmony, and all obstacles and negativities. It also symbolizes the victory of good over the evil forces which interferes with the success of noble goals.

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