The WWII Bullet Coins
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The WWII Bullet Coins

Today you have the chance to own an extremely limited and fascinating coin issue – the 1955 4 Paisa coins.

What makes these coins so fascinating is that they were minted from the metal of bullets collected from a WWII battlefield.

The bullet coins of the Gurkhas

The story of these coins originates from when a General in the Nepalese army discovered a number of empty cartridge cases that had been stored in a government unit in Nepal. It transpired that these bullets had been gleaned from the battlefield of WWII and had since been forgotten.

The General suggested that these used cartridges should be minted into coins as a way of paying respect to the fallen Gurkha soldiers. So, in 1955, the 4 Paisa coin was minted from these very cartridge shells which had once been in the intense fighting of WWII.

Limited availability – struck for just one-year-only

The story behind these coins is incredible – not only were they struck from genuine bullet shells, but they were also minted to pay tribute to one of the most highly respected fighting forces in the world.

And what’s more, they also hold huge significance as a numismatic collector’s piece. As the number of empty shells was extremely limited, these incredible coins were issued for just one-year-only.

What's more, you can secure your Gurkha Bullet today with an exclusive £10.00 SAVING!

Considering the fascinating history behind these coins, our stock is likely to be snapped up very quickly! So place your order now to secure one of these ‘Bullet Coins’ for your collection.

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  • Country of Issue: Nepal
  • Year of Issue: 1955
  • Coin Diameter: 20mm
  • Coin Weight: 2.3g
  • Metal: Brass

Numismatic pieces should be owned primarily for collector interest.
The Westminster Collection does not offer them as an investment and makes no guarantees in terms of future value.