Former Government Mint

Former Government Mint

1998.131.127 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Frederick Spencer Chapman

Date of Photo

February - March 1937


Chumbi Valley Region > Gautsa > Mint

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 95

A collection of buildings formerly used as the Government Mint located close to Gautsa

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated 1994

Donated by

Faith Spencer Chapman


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Frederick Spencer Chapman

Previous Catologue Number

H.15 [view film roll]

Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Other Information

In Negative - 'H.12' has been scratched into the negative on the bottom edge [MS 10/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: A group of negatives prefixed with 'H' that contain images of the route from Lhasa including Phari, Gautsa, Gyantse, all of which seem to have been taken in late February - early March 1937 [MS 10/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: Philip Neame wrote a brief description of the Mission's first encounter with this site when they travelled to Lhasa in August 1936: August 4th - "A couple of miles further on [from Lingmathang] we passed quite a remarkable collection of buildings on one of which was a big water wheel, this used to be the Tibetan Government mint, where paper was made, bank notes printed, and also coins struck. It is now out of use; one understands that the Tibetan Government prefer their mint nearer at hand in Lhasa where they can keep an eye on it" ['Lhasa Mission, 1936: Diary of Events', part II] [MS 10/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Former Government Mint" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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